Re: May Infants and Toddlers
posted at 5/31/2013 9:32 PM EDT
Ahhh... the teacher to parent grapevine. Take that with a HUGE grain of salt, memes. The cranky teachers will always try to get the parents on their "side" as if that's going to make the director do something because s/he is "scared" of parents' reactions. Use your own judgement - have you seen anything amiss since you've been there? Ask the DIRECTOR if that teacher is leaving, and if the answer is yes, then do ask when the letter went out to parents as you "must have missed it." Because the director should write a letter to parents when a teacher leaves - definitely to the parents in that class, but also to the parents to all the classes of that age group, or to the entire center, depending on the size of the center. (some centers have 100-150 children, with multiple "wings" so a parent of a preschooler wouldn't have any idea who the infant 3 teacher is, for example, while other centers have 50-65 children, with one or two classes of each age group, so the parents will know many/most of those teachers.
Also, please try not to pump your teachers for info about the center - not that you are doing it, memes, I'm just issuing a general plea from a director. If you want to know something, go to the director, who will tell you (or not, depending on confidentiality) but will be able to give you some context.
Remember, one teacher leaving does not mean the center is falling apart (it could mean that, of course, if lots start leaving) - perhaps this teacher has an opportunity for growth or to do something different? Or is she moving? Retiring? Want to work with a different age group?
Sigh... I have to write a letter to my parents because a teacher is leaving - she's an infant teacher who knows SO MUCH about infant development that I know I'll never replace her. And the parents will be devastated.... it's going to be a long two weeks.... I start to cry at the thought of her leaving, she's only been here one year but has made a huge difference. I've learned things about infant development from her. She's transferring to another of our sister centers, so at least our company isn't losing her, but yikes, OUR CENTER is losing her, and that is hard. The commute is killing her, though, she takes 1 hour and $160 per month to commute - the other center is one subway stop away from her house so a total of $2.50 each day..... she's going to feel like she got a huge raise when she's not spending so much to commute each month! I better not do my own commuting $ math or I'd quit as I commute from the suburbs to the city daily....