As the school year began, I knew that the writing was on the wall. My principal was set to retire at the end of the school year. In my heart, I knew that I could not serve under another principal. This is the boss that hired me into the system and now she was leaving. The classes were larger, and the students had more problems. The same expectations were in place including STEAM, and I simply found it almost impossible to report on a daily basis. Even a leave of absence did not alleviate my feelings of its time to go. It simply fanned the flames.
February found me explaining to my boss that I would take another leave of absence until the end of the school year. She knew that I was not returning. Other organizations also asked to be kept abreast of my endeavors as they had an interest in what I bring to the table. The big question has been, “What are you going to do now that you are no longer in the classroom?”. I am going to be a full time musician: perform for special events, consult for music education companies, and eventually return to teaching in a different setting. Home schools, private lessons, and charters. I can no longer serve as the go to for any one program but instead provide a wealth of support. The thankless system has burned me out after 21 years and two degrees. The pandemic simply pushed me over the edge.
I look forward to doing more of what I want. My day will begin with a walk in the park. My weekend will now be Monday & Tuesday. I anticipate more traveling and of course, I get to use the restroom whenever I please. Happiness will be mine. There were always be challenges regardless of what I do but now, I have more say in my own agenda.