What Summer Break Means to a Teacher Whose Contract was not Renewed

Let’s face it, you have counted down the days, and you were just as excited as your students for the end of school. There was something magical in those words…. “summer break”.  But for some of you those words don’t represent a relaxing summer, but one of stress and anxiety because you will not be returning to the same classroom next fall, or you will not be returning to any classroom.
Before you pack up the last book or take the last load to your car, take a moment to reflect on your relationship with your students and parents. As teachers we evaluate every lesson we teach, so we should also be evaluating the most important piece of our responsibility- our relationship to our students and parents.  After all, this is who we truly work for- not our school district, not our principal, and not our superintendent. We work for our kids.
If you are satisfied, than you can close this chapter of your life and move on. If you feel that you let someone down or didn’t handle a particular situation well, make note of it and how you wish you had handled it. Then let it go.  You can’t change the past, you can only learn from it. Dwelling on past mistakes will not help you in the future.  Face the future with confidence and courage. 
Paul tells us in Ephesians to do our work “as unto the Lord”. This means to give all you do to God and trust Him with the outcome.  There are brighter days ahead for you. There is a place where you can use your teaching talents.  Trust me, I’ve ‘been there and done that’! God had a better plan for me and He does for you too.  I won’t say your journey will be easy or without doubt, but your destination is better than where you are standing now.

So, at the end of the year, shed a tear or two, say your good-byes, but walk away with contentment knowing that you did your best, and with a commitment to do even better in your future endeavors.
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