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June 06, 2007


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Hello Jen:

I found your article through a Google alert which informs me of any activity about New York City Teaching Fellows. Otherwise, I don't think I would have ever read your moving words. Most striking is your title. It leaves me curious about why you might have left teaching. Your words are so sensitive and pro-teacher that I can only imagine the most common reasons for leaving such an important position. As a teacher I know the pay is dismal, and the discipline problems can be overwhelming. In addition, teachers put in overtime for which we're never paid, and we pay for needed supplies well beyond the $200 stipend. Added to the challenge is working full time while attending school full time, while in Fellows program. It was grueling, but many have hung in there because we just want to teach. I am looking forward to reading about your experience.


PS: I'm from Cohort 3, and I began in 2000. And even if you've left the classroom, you are certainly an assest to any place you've decided to work--judging from your words. Take care!


I'm dying to read part 2. Don't leave me hanging over here.

Jen Chau Fontán


Thanks for your comment and glad you found me via google alert. :) I appreciate your kind words. Believe me, leaving was a really hard decision. Sometimes I still think about teaching in the classroom, though I know that leaving was the best thing for me at the time. I will get into my reasons in my next post... :) Sorry to keep you waiting, but I hope you will check back and read more. I'm so glad that your experience has been a successful one, though challenging. Being a teacher -- in my mind -- is one of the hardest, yet most important jobs out there! I would love to hear more about your experiences!


Jen Chau Fontán

sorry vee! :)
hope you like part 2.

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