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New Horizons for this Olde Educator--"Eliminated"

Well, well, well. Just when I thought I was on track to spend the final few years of my education career making sure that MNPS Virtual School (which I helped create from nothing) has a future worthy of all the planning, design and implementation we have put into it since August, 2010,  it appears that my job position is to be "eliminated" on June 30, 2016.

I'm looking forward to exploring new opportunities in the coming school year, most likely in an elementary classroom for the first time in nearly six years. I have applied for several 10 month teaching positions and I'm hoping to hear soon from the right principal in the right school who has an identified need for an experienced, innovative, and student-centered classroom teacher in grade 3 or 4. Perhaps this is just the world's way of telling me I need to be working more closely, and daily, with young learners--giving them direct and daily support and encouragement, challenging them, and helping them understand how to be both safe and productive in today's and tomorrow's accelerating landslide of information. One thing is  sure--we'll have fun together. That's been my teacher tagline since my first 3rd grade classroom in 1996:

I'm looking forward.

But wait, one slight detour...

"Eliminated?" I didn't know that was even a thing. Wow. Let's see what Google has to say about that word:
Let me say it straight: I find myself feeling baffled, confused, devalued and even disrespected by what has been presented as a necessity "due to budget cuts for the school year 2016-17." But I will not let all that make me bitter. I am too positive for that. I care too much. I have too much to offer to let it bring me down. Forward we go.

After June 30, dear reader, I'm a free agent.

If you know of any interesting opportunities that might be pursued, let me know. I don't want to move from my new home in The Nations Nashville, but I can and will commute for the right work.

Have a great week!


Trina Campbell said…
Mr. Merrick, you are an amazing Teacher and one of the very very best that MNPS Virtual School has to offer. I'm stunned that "eliminating" you could become a reality and I know there are many other families that agree whole-heartedly with us.
You are not just a Teacher, you are a Counselor, a Supporter, an Encourager, a Motivator and even a Technical Engineer! You are EXACTLY what our children need to keep school and learning fun. Civics is a topic that not all students enjoy, but you made it enjoyable for everyone! They are doing you and our students a huge injustice if they "eliminate" you.
Please please please let us know who we can contact to protest this absurdity.
We will gladly go to bat for you, even though you are expressing such personal humility and a great attitude for being put in such a rotten position.
We Support You!

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