This is a personal/professional post. Some of you know I’ve spent this current school year working from home. I took a leave of parental absence from my job after the birth of our 2nd child last May. I was under the impression that I was able to take up to 2 years off, and that was going to be my plan.
Two days ago I received a letter in the mail from our HR department stating I had until March 1st to either resign or state my desire to return to work in the fall. I have to make that kind of decision in just TWO WEEKS!?!?!?! Needless to say, I’m pretty stressed out.
The job I left was wonderful. I was a math intervention teacher working with small, targeted groups of kids who needed an extra push to be successful on the state test. I shared an office with two fabulous women who shared my position (each of us has a grade – 6th, 7th, 8th). When I took my leave of absence, I essentially gave up my position. I’m guaranteed a job within the county – but not MY job.
My certification is for grades K-8 with an additional MS Math certification. Translation = when I return to work I could be put in ANY position that falls within my certification. Middle School Math is all I know. Intervention is all I enjoy!
If I return to work in my county, I will have at least a 30 minute commute as we’ve moved to another county. I will be finding childcare for my youngest a year before I was ready to do that (my oldest will be in Kindergarten). If I resign, I leave myself essentially unemployed (not counting TPT and freelance work) in a terrible economy. Even though we don’t “need” the money today, tomorrow could always be different.
I guess I’m looking for any wise words of wisdom. I’m torn between keeping my job and spending another year with my baby – before these baby days are nothing by a memory!