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Hats off to Elizabeth Jaeger. This is a horror story but Elizabeth stands tall. Apparently the people in charge have no thought of how young children will feel about losing their teacher in the middle of the year.




by Elizabeth Jaeger

I was told this morning that Lina and I are to be transferred effective Monday. I have been assured that the person taking over my class is fully qualified. I will be placed in a 5th grade classroom which means that I will be expected to teach Open Court, so there is also the uncertainty of what I will do about that. From what I understand, the district believes that I was the cause of all the discontent here since I came a number of years ago -- which is as insulting towards my colleagues as it is untrue. They apparently believe that, in transferring me, the discontent will end. I have no doubt that they will be proven wrong. I am trying very hard to view this as a new chapter in my life. I am a teacher plain and simple and I will do that work wherever I am.

Despite how this has turned out, I do not regret anything I have done. Maybe this will result in the dialogue we have wanted all along. And please know how much your support has meant to me.

— Elizabeth Jaeger
personal communication




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