Angela (3rd Grade), Leo (4th Grade), Me (5th Grade)
Reconciliation- Ask any teacher at Faith Academy, May is HARD. Last year a friend said, "I wish I could skip all of May." Hot season with temperatures of 40°C (104 °F), contributes to extra crankiness. Craziness of end of school year activities and report card marking. Goodbyes in to colleagues and students, many of whom return "home" to far away countries.
In an emergency staff meeting in the first week of May, the Elementary Staff was informed that the administrators of Faith Academy admitted an additional 40 students, who were previously waitlisted. Wonderful news...except, we were informed that we did not have adequate staffing. Back in February, the administrators had promised us to cap our class sizes at 26. This decision was hard to swallow. Next year's 4th grade class would be 38 students and 5th grade would be 37 students.
It caused an enormous rift between elementary teachers and school administrators. "Don't they (admin) know how hard it is to teach a class of 25, with over 50% of the kids being ELL students?" "Don't they know that switching to the new common core curriculum was a challenge this year?" "Don't they care?" For about 3 weeks, Angela, Leo, and I shared many conversations (sometimes while shedding tears), about our frustrations with the decisions.
Further exacerbating the logistical stress of class size and staffing, our elementary school principal resigned mid-May, a decision that shocked parents and deeply saddened teachers.
The second to last day of school, I scheduled a face to face conference with our school superintendent. God reminded me again, that "a house divided against itself, cannot stand" (Mark 3:25). I left that meeting knowing that God would honor my conscious decision to submit and trust the school board and administrators of Faith Academy for their direction, guidance, and decisions.