Year: 1996-1997
Month: September
Leader: Group A

Situation/Case Study:

Teacher feels that she has full-time responsibilities in an eighth-tenths position, and there isn't enough time to complete her responsibilities. A lot of teachers stop by to ask for help. Should I leave at 3:00 p. m. as my contract states or should I stay to help the teachers? I am concerned about doing a good job my first year. The district determines the time of the contracted teacher time. The specialist has a small room and many responsibilities: computers, materials checkout, ordering, buying things, providing help, etc. Other buildings have a full-time specialist and two paraprofessionals. She is only .6 with one paraprofessional. She is also .2 resources teacher for the gifted and talented. She is scheduled to be at school from 8:30-3:00. She is at school from 7:15 am -7:00 p.m. The students come at 9:10 and leave about 4:00. The teachers are glad because the past media specialist was only there for one-half of the day. She doesn't feel that she has time or can keep the pace up. She is also going to have a baby. Many people come in with emergency situations. The priority of working with students or staff has not been established.
She wants to do a good job, but she can't because her job is very demanding. She is frustrated by time. She wants to do a great job. She doesn't want to be perceived poorly for leaving on time. She is frustrated because she wants to meet district objectives. She is a new teacher and wants to do a good job. She is pulled in many directions. It's hard to accept that she cannot do it all. She feels frustrated because she has so many expectations and wants to do a good job. She is also expecting a baby. She is concerned about her baby. She has three jobs.