So do I have to change my user name?

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    That is the logical question to ask after the decision I made Tusday evening, and upon which I acted Wednesday morning.

    I notified the personnel office that I am taking the retirement buyout and retiring from my current position as a teacher in a Maryland school system, effective the end of this school year.

    I am doing so without knowing what I will be doing next year, and knowing that I will still need some income, albeit not as much as my current teacher salary – after all, I am already on Social Security and will also draw a state pension.

    I have begun to explore other opportunities.

    Some could have me in a classroom elsewhere, most would not.

    Some might mean that my blogging would either be greatly reduced or even elimated.

    Whatever I do it will be something where I believe I am serving the larger community in a way with which I feel comfortable.

    Perhaps a little scary, to make such a decision as I approach my 66th birthday, which limits some possibilities for future employment, especially knowing that I could keep my current teacher post for at least a few more years.

    I said a long time ago that if I could not teach with the integrity I felt I needed, I should not teach.

    I am not enjoying teaching this year.  The reasons that contribute to that will not change between now and next August.

    My school can move to train others to pick up my responsibilities.  The schedule can be rationalized more easily now.

    And me?  If I am no longer a classroom teacher, will I still be teacherken?

    • teacherken

      a slightly different version of this went up at Daily Kos on Wednesday, where it got a lot of traffic.

      I owed this communication to this community as well.

      BTW, most people at Dkos think I should keep my user name, even if I am no longer in the classroom.

      Also, I am open to suggestions for what I do next.  I may be about to turn 66, but I am still full of energy and a passion to make a difference.

      Peace.

    • as the prayer goes, are created, not made.  Keep the username!  🙂

    • bruce roemmelt

      Rainbow Tour

         Eva: Did you hear that? They called me a whore! They actually called me a whore!

         Italian Admiral: But, Señora Perón, it’s an easy mistake. I’m still called an admiral, though I gave up the sea long ago.  

    • Tom

      n/t

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      As I have found out in retirement, once a teacher, always a teacher. It is a designation all should be proud of. Believe me, you are still teacherken.

    • pvogel

      Just because your retired from a school district in Maryland means your any less than a teacher.  its like a doctor. they retire, but they still know how to treat some maladies

    • Bobby

      Ken,

      It’s been a while since I have posted but I have always enjoyed reading what you had to say.  I feel jealous that I never had the opportunity to have you as a teacher.  I just want to wish you the best of luck with whatever happens in the future.  

      Bobby

    • gg2landy

      Those who CAN….DO !!!!  Those who can do MORE….TEACH!!!!!

    • ir003436

      My father graduated from a small Mississippi Teacher’s College in 1936 and went into high school teaching and coaching.  He went off to war in WW II, came home, went back to teaching, then, left teaching and went into the insurance business.

      Years later, after retiring from the insurance business, he went back to teaching as a tutor at the high school from which my brother and I graduated.

      At age 90 — a month before he died of a stroke — he told me: “I never should have left teaching.  Next to you boys and your mother, it’s the one thing I love.”