This is the last week of school and the beginning of my countdown commences for I am retiring from teaching after nearly 20 years of teaching high school English.
It’s a weird feeling indeed.
One of only a couple of teachers retiring this year and the only teacher readily available since the other retiree teaches in an a remote portable, staff continually asks me a variation of the following: “I bet you can’t wait, can you?”
It took me by surprise at first. I like teaching, so I’m a bit saddened to be leaving a profession I enjoy—mostly. There are factors of influence…but onward.
Then, as more people add in with short timer comments, I realize they are desiring they are the ones to be retiring. Vicariously they are projecting their hopes to vamoose onto me.
Rule of 90 prevents many teachers from vacating their classroom. It’s a formula that takes years of service plus age to equal 90. I didn’t start teaching until I was 45, due to my first 15 years being a librarian. I’ll hit what they call “service retirement” first. Sounds a bit like trading out the old refrigerator.
More on the countdown later…