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VisualImagery
01-30-07, 08:00 PM
Hi all. Never had this much trouble with a job before. The biggest reason? No technology-all paperwork is done by hand and requires contacting people for any information I need. I am going down fast and for the first time, hate where I work. I love the kids but I can't spend the time on lessons that I need to. All I do is fill out paperwork, try to follow paper trails, spend time tracking down where to get info, and struggling to organize all this crap. I am drowning and seriously considering resigning.

So, I will disclose before going drastic. I even offered to buy my own modern computer if they would connect it to the school's internet. Told no. But..... this is considered a reasonable accommodation and would cost the school zero dollars.

I will talk to someone I am friends with and who has been so supportive. I just need a bunch of hugs.

Thanks for listening.
RADD

dormammau2008
01-30-07, 09:45 PM
MMMM WELL THATS HOW SCHOOL IS TODAY RADDMOM THEY SHOULD LET YOU DO THAT THOUGH IF IT WORKS AN GETS THERE JOB DONE THEN THEY SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH THAT OR YOU COULD TAKE THE WORK HOME WITH YOU AN DO IT THERE NOT EASY I KNOW BUT ANOTHER WAY AROUND IT THERE MUST BE RULES THAT ALOW YOU TOGET HELP YOU NEED TO HELP THE KIDSSSS THERE ID BRING THE COMPUTER IN WITH YOU AN DO IT IN CLASS THEN TAKE IT HOME COS NOT ON NET AN NOT ONLINE AN YOU STILL BE ABLE TO CARE FOR KIDS PLAUSE TAKE IN RECORDING THINGS AN IF KID AS SOMETHING YOU EED TO REMBERS THEN HAVE RECORDING DEVICE THERE SO YOU CAN GO TO IT LATER .....AN GET THEM TO SAY NAME AS WELL ALL TIS SHOULD HELP YOU DO A GRAND JO B DONT RESIZNE UNTILL YOUVE LOOKED AT ALLWAYS AROUND IT RADMOM YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES GIVE IT SOME TIME AN TRY THESE THINGS OUT WILL HELP.... ALL MY WISHS TO YOU AN MAY LUCK BE ON YOUR A SAIDE YOURS

M8TY

DORMY X

Scattered
01-30-07, 09:46 PM
Lots of hugs, RADDmom! That accomodation sounds very reasonable. If they won't work with you when you share about your ADD, maybe there is a better placement for you next year that fits your style and needs. I would sink under a heavy paperwork, lots of follow up type system too. Let us know how it goes.


Take gentle care,
Scattered

VisualImagery
01-30-07, 09:49 PM
Thanks scattered. I have never been this overwhelmed and worked so hard to get nowhere! I just got an emergency call for an art teacher at another school-resigning is a reasonable possibility-Yes, I have been thinking about doing just that!

Becky

Scattered
01-31-07, 12:46 PM
Interesting how doors open and shut sometimes. Hope things work out in a way which feels right for you!


Hugs,
Scattered

VisualImagery
01-31-07, 10:41 PM
Going to the employee assistance center tomorrow-it is confidential and will talk over how to proceed in getting accommodations. Also had a kid harrass me very cruelly and sexually-had a panic attack-left over from the PTSD-scared the crap out of me and several other people-first time in a long time! The kid was withdrawn from my class.

Had a pretty good day today-but hope they don't act stupid about the accommodations-I know the law and will will file a complaint if they do not cooperate! Don't mess with MsD!

Learning being tough is being caring! Behaviors are changing and the good kids love it! Will continue posting here so you all can see how getting accommodations for a high school teacher goes. Should be interesting! This site has helped me know my rights and where to access ADA and other legal info! I have the law behind me and my needs are reasonable and low or no cost!

Becky

lars
01-31-07, 10:48 PM
I hope things go well tomorrow Becky. Keep us posted.

FightingBoredom
01-31-07, 11:17 PM
Just make sure that you do everything in writing.
When you notify them you have ADD and you need assistance with making your job work--give it to them in writing.

Also make sure that they know your reason for getting assistance is to improve your job performance not just survive. In reality you may be starting off in survival mode--but the end result you want is to improve your performance because you want to make more money and have more opportunity.
I think if they know this is the end result you are after--that will get you more enthusiastic cooperation than asking them for accomodations so you can cope with day to day stuff.

Imnapl
01-31-07, 11:26 PM
Becky, are teachers in your state members of a professional union? My first choice would be to speak with a union rep. I'm not comfortable about any disclosure after the fact in a job you've had for such a short time. If you had disclosed your disorder before being hired and they still hired you, I wouldn't hesitate to ask for accomodations.

Scattered
01-31-07, 11:29 PM
Wow, Becky!:eek: The thing with the kid making sexual advances is pretty scary. Hope you're doing okay.

I'm glad you know you're rights and are prepared to exercise them. What you're asking for is reasonable and should help you do your job -- it's not just an excuse or play to get unfair treatment (unfortuanately those occasionally happen). Hopefully you'll get what you need without having to push the system too hard.

I'll be reading with interest into how it goes.

At the end of June we found out that my wife has breast cancer. Cancer sucks! What we have had to deal with since then makes ADD look like a walk in the park.

If you have ADD take heart--there ARE worst things that you could be dealing with.

In part, I blame myself for her cancer, for forgetting that ADD isn't the worst thing in the world--so the universe thought I needed a reminder that "It could be worse!" Hey, I'm really sorry to hear about your wife. Cancer is so difficult to deal with. I hope things are going as well as possible with her treatment. Take care of yourself too -- no guilt -- the universe isn't so much about teaching us anything as just having a lot of random bullets flying around that sometime hit folks we love alot IMO. And yeah, we learn stuff from that along the way.

Take care,
Scattered

~boots~
01-31-07, 11:30 PM
hugs bec xxx good luck xx

FightingBoredom
01-31-07, 11:34 PM
What? Who discloses a disorder before being hired?
I don't know any place on the planet where you could tell them you have ADD when you're applying for a job or accepting the job offer and that would be a good idea.

The only reason she is disclosing it now is that she realizes it is affecting her ability to keep the job she wants and is working hard at. She has attempted to make adjustments on her own so that she can work more effectively within a system that is manual and disorganized. If she wasn't having any difficulty there would be no reason to disclose it.

Imnapl
02-01-07, 01:22 AM
Well, FB, if I was not inclined to disclose information about a disability during my job application, interview, contract and hiring, I wouldn't feel comfortable disclosing a disability after I had only been in job for a short time. Our laws in B.C. do not give carte blanche to someone with a disability. If you have been working well in a position for some time and your employer discovers you have a disability, he cannot fire you if your job performance hasn't changed, i.e. the only thing that has changed is a piece of information. On the other hand, if an employee's status changes due to injury, health condition, etc., the employer is not obligated to continue to employ someone who can't perform their job. Each situation has to be evaluated and in real life, odds are in favour of the employer.

Imnapl
02-01-07, 01:25 AM
Just a thought, were there any questions about having any medical issues, disabilities, etc. on the job application?

VisualImagery
02-02-07, 11:38 PM
Update-

Saw the employee assitance program-great guy-helpful-have appt w/pdoc here who specialized in ADD.

Meeting with principal today-he was upset I didn't disclose on the application. I told him it was not required by law and that I had never had to disclose before and that this is a huge issue in the ADD community-the fear of not getting a job, of all sorts of things. Not sure he gets it. Said they are there to help-said he meant it-I looked at him and said, really? Explained the bad experiences I had at another school when I went for help with other issues. I will be having a post observation interview next week-and am sure it will be a real ripper-they don't think I am doing my job well.

He was upset I didn't go to him-that he heard rumors. Told him I was trying to find out how to disclose the proper way.

Comes down to this-he doesn't get that I really need decent technology! Told me just to get a paperwork system-it isn't hard. I said that that is very difficult for me-and very hard to ask for help.

Calling the ADA this weekend and getting into my psychologist soon for a battery and official docs for what accommodations I need-fast. Also seeing the union rep. But first year teachers are not protected in much of anywary-but this is an EEOC and legal issue so it may be different.

I really don't give a fig about this job-told him I had considered resigning.

I am really upset and think I am getting severely depressed. I have never struggled this hard since I got my first pc. I just want to scream-felt like the stupid kid who just doesn't get how to do it-

oh, asking for copy of notes from meeting today and asking to record the post-observation interview so I can remember what we talked about. Not looking forward to this. They say they want to help me improve and be successful-but I am taking that with a grain of salt.

Thanks to all of you for being there-will keep you updated-just hope I survive the weekend. God I am exhausted. Never dreamed it could be this hard-just need the law and others on my side-or will definitely file a complaint.

If anyone knows a good site with a list of accommodations-would love to have it.

When you start a job with no training or anything and then get sick, behind, and don't know what to do half the time or get tow different answers how to handle it-you just want to scream.

Thanks again,
Becky

Sorry this is disjointed-my brain is totally shot and my emotions are raw.

Scattered
02-03-07, 02:19 AM
Hang in there, Becky! I'm glad you the employee assistance guy is helpful. You know even though I was diagnosed as a kid, we all kind of thought I outgrew it, since I did well in school later down the line. When I get back into the workforce in the next year or so when my youngest starts school, I guess I'll have to face whether or not to disclose that I have ADHD. Not an easy decision for sure. I doubt I would, unless there was just a question on the form that would make omitting my diagnosis an outright lie. Anyway, I really feel for you.

Hugs,
Scattered

VisualImagery
02-03-07, 09:48 AM
Thanks scattered-really and truly, it means so much. Was hard to believe he couldn't understand the dilemna of disclosing such a disability. This just shows how difficult a decision disclosing ADD is!

Oh, and he went without a computer for a week-so that seems to mean that technology won't solve my problems. Funny-it is easier to stand up for someone else's rights and explain them than it is your own-guess the emotional factor is the key.

I wonder if they would be willing to at least hook up my old beat up computer they gave me-the drop is dead and it needs to be ghosted!

Just figured one thing out-if They will get the technology taken care of-that will relieve one stressor-that is the idea of accommodations. It is a gestalt. He can't change district policy about bringing in own computers-so I will definitely need some outside advocacy-there is the issue of my back and carrying the laptop everyday-and the wear and tear on it.

Oh well, we will see. I don't plan on returning anyway this fall.

RADD

jeaniebug
02-03-07, 10:47 AM
Just figured one thing out-if They will get the technology taken care of-that will relieve one stressor-that is the idea of accommodations. It is a gestalt. He can't change district policy about bringing in own computers-so I will definitely need some outside advocacy-there is the issue of my back and carrying the laptop everyday-and the wear and tear on it. Becky,

I have been lurking on this thread and hoping things are working out for you. I remember how excited you were about getting this job, so I can't imagine how dissapointing this is for you. And I get that about kids acting out and feeling threatened.

I work with hearing impaired and visually impaired boys age 6-14. In a cottage in the state residential school for the deaf and blind. We have one kid, "D" who just turned 12 but looks 19. He only comes on Fridays, so that his Mom has free babysitting and can go bar hopping. He is develomentally delayed and hearing impaired. He is "hypersexual" ? I think might be the term. He gets a huge laugh out of "kneeing" other kids in the groin, I met a parent of an 8 year old day students who told me "D" had grabbed his kid by the crotch and squeezed. Last night "D" was sitting the table eating a banana and he was showing one and all how it looked like, well, you know. He is very agressive and has run into kids when he rides his bike. He also hit a 7 year old on the back of the head so hard that his face hit the corner of an end table so hard I swear the floor shook. I about had a heart attack. The 7 year old was ultimately fine, but he was within about an inch of loosing an eye. We file incident reports and complain, but management says the same thing for every occasion "We can't do anything about that." I think my supervisor should get that tattooed on his forehead. Or just put a piece of paper on his office door that says "We can't do anything about that." then he could resign and save the state $50,000 a year. The end result would be the same.

Oversharing, I know. But I feel your frustration. My daughter who is in her 4th semester of college and profoundly hearing impaired is taking a human biology class and other classes this semester, and she is worried, even though she is very smart. And she hasn't had an interpreter in a single one of her college classes this semester!!!! :eek: I swear, I am about to go postal on the disability coordinaor's butt. I am so stressed and anxious this week. I feel like I'm having a nervous breakdown.. We need to share a ((big hug)).

I think getting out of there would be the best thing for you. But not until you have something else. No sense in shooting yourself in the foot as far as having a paycheck. But not at the expense of your sanity, either. :rolleyes:

It's such a hard place to be. I feel for you. Know that your fans here at ADDF are rooting for you. And praying for you as well. Good luck sweetie! ;)

Scattered
02-03-07, 12:52 PM
Wow Jeaniebug -- maybe a parent threatening a lawsuite would help him find out what he can do about kids that endanger other kids. I hate lawsuite, but it seems that sometimes that is the only thing that moves some administrators.

I hope things work out well for your daughter.

Take care,
Scattered

QueensU_girl
02-03-07, 01:24 PM
I was curious if you (or the Principal, as the School's Head) had called Children's Services about this sexually abusive kid who attacked you? (I think you have been thru so much already that you cannot worry about some kid's problems, but the Principal is obligated by law to report this attack.)

The Principal is the Admin Head of the School, and should take charge of this issue. If not, the Superintendent of the Board, is also obligated to make a report.

As scary as it is for you, this is often how kids are "telling" that they have been (or are currently being) abused. Thank goodness teachers like you have the opportunity to speak up and intervene. Talk about acting out and a cry for help. Glad you are being assertive there on getting away from such crazy behaviour.

It makes me crazy how child sex offenders get to keep going and going. Family and Children's Services should do an Assessment on the kid. Sexual harassment like that is just another form of bullying. (Most sexual harassers are also bullies. It is just gender-based bullying.) People don't realize this.

N.B. you may also want to talk to the Police (formally or informally; they can also talk to Children's Services). Seeing your Family Doctor (goes in your file) may be a plan, too, in case you need Workmen's Comp documentation.

Hope those misc. ideas help.

Be strong!

---------------
On another note:

I think one of the previous posters mentioned about one door closing and another door opening. That reminds me of that saying about the Japanese <?>word for Crisis also means Opportunity.

Maybe if you show interest, you can get that opening up Art Teacher job. :D Perhaps you can do a visit to the school ahead of time and see if you like the Space and tone of the place/people.

sloppitty-sue
02-03-07, 05:42 PM
I really don't give a fig about this job-told him I had considered resigning.
I'm very GLAD to hear that, RADD!! DAMN, Girl! I know that I don't like to believe this myself - but some workplaces (even SCHOOLS :confused: ) are not GOOD ENOUGH for you to work at!

They have NO TECHNOLOGY!?? :eek: And they have SEAS of DAILY PAPERWORK for the TEACHERS to complete!?? :eek: :eek: :mad: Something seems very WRONG here!

RADD - I'M BEGGING YOU -- PLEASE don't allow a diseased workplace to infect you and poison your spirit! Your gifts are too precious for this to happen. Really, pray about this (if you do such a thing). I know that as we sit here, there are students in need of someone like you. Someone who UNDERSTANDS that to teach is to love. Someone whose energies and time are consumed with TEACHING (paperwork needs to be minimal). If this school doesn't want GOOD TEACHERS (and it sounds as if they don't -- they just want teachers with a thing for paperwork who don't make waves) - then high-tail it outta there, Lady!!

Sue

VisualImagery
02-04-07, 12:39 PM
Sloppity-Sue, Thank you, thank you, thank you for the precious encouragement! I am printing it out and putting it on my desk-as well as some other notes from the rest of you!

I saw my massage therapist who is a friend too and she really helped me see myself as a success. She can see that the ADD-undx for so many years has made me work beyond normal limits just to prove I am OK, worthy, not dumb, or all that jazz. Realizing the fear I have of failing or screwing up because of the legacy of ADD was enlightening.

Funny, for the first time in my life I feel empowered-I really have nothing to lose-because of that I am finding it much easier to stand up for myself. It seems like the fear I usually have is very low and I am free to be the intelligent, gifted, caring, hard-working, dedicated person I am whether they want to see it or not, and whether they are willing to understand ADD or not.

Heck, I have a Master's and I will be sharing what I know in a positive, constructive, yet firm and direct way about the problems with training and preparing new teachers-especially last minute hires! No more doormat or feeling like the dumb new teacher!

I am working from an empowerment POV-yes, I have things to learn and will gladly learn them, but I was not doing my job well because I wasn't trying! That should count big time! Besides-They never told me-I need it in writing-what they want in a lesson plan, unit plan, and other stuff. There are no real standards for many things that need them-so you founder and it is is the teacher's fault.

Funny, there is a new teacher orientation-5 weeks into the semester-go figure, on Wednesday that I will be attending. Big mouth will speak tactfully and positively. There are some good things here!

I see the Employee Assistance progam again this week and a new psychiatrist next-ADD specialist. Also calling my therapist and asking for a battery of diagnostic tests and whatever else is needed to officially determine the accommodations I need. That official letter will really help.

What I need now-ghost my old crappy computer and fix the dead internet drop immediately! That is on my Do Monday List.

Good news-I have the lesson plans and materials for 2 days done and all materials ready to copy! So Monday AM should go smoothly and I can organize some more paperwork and workflow.

Mad as he ll and not taking it anymore, but being firmly tactful. I won't back down! If I hadn't been a member of this forum, I would have been sunk and foder for the grist mill. Thanks to you all.

juniebjones
03-02-07, 08:41 PM
I have been following this thread, and I feel your pain. I teach 8th grade English at a public school–150 students! I have struggled with the same aspects of the job–formulating lesson plans, getting papers graded,*** STAYING/GETTING ORGANIZED***

Teaching is an extremely time-consuming, emotionally exhaustive field to be in (even if we do get the summers off) I have found a few things that help me cope with the life of teaching (with ADD). I don't know if you are elementary or secondary ed, but these have worked wonders for my sanity and my students... they are much more resourceful and less reliant on me (and isn't that the purpose of education: to help them become *independent* learners?!) So here they go...

1. Set boundaries: I don't bring home any papers to grade (except for longer writing assignments)

2. If you're grading everything... STOP! (But don't tell the kids) Grade the big stuff... let them grade each other's stuff... Keep it simple-- most of my "classwork" grades are participation. If they are on task, they receive a 100... I take off 5 points each time I have to redirect a student and then I enter the grades in my book at the beginning of the next class. I also take up homework once a week so I don't have to check them each day... and I never grade for accuracy... only effort (and we can tell:))


3. I plan out the entire week each weekend... handouts, powerpoints, notes, etc. I have set aside a time for this on Sunday afternoons so that I can't put it off.

4. Go easy on yourself–we don't have the luxury of seeing the fruition of our teaching most of the time... the things your students will take from your class are immeasurable and "invisible" to you because you won't see them next year, or even when they go home each day. NO teacher has everything together... it's not possible... between the notes from the office, IEPs, parent conferences, and discipline, it can be easy to lose sight of why we are in this profession in the first place: to make a difference to these kids!

5. Set forth procedures that make your life easier on you (and your ADD students!) For instance, I keep a "Make Up Binder" (with detailed notes, objectives, and acitivities of the day) and a Handouts bin (where the handouts are listed on the top and filed into folders with their corresponding numbers)... the students know that if they were out, they need to check the binder. This eliminates one more headache for me. **And, each time a parent asks me why their child has "not had the opportunity" to make up their work, I simple pull out the binder... it leaves very little room for excuses and takes the heat off of you!

6. Give lots of handouts that outline things that you expect them to be responsible for. For instance, whenever my students turn in major assignments, I include a checklist of the items that they need to have before they turn it in. These checklists prevent those (annoying) repetitive procedural questions (i.e. "Do I have everything I need?" To which I respond, "I don't know. Get out your checklist")

7. A pacing guide and syllabus have become my best friends. The pacing guide outlines which major skills will be covered during which weeks (i.e. Subject-Verb Agreement will take me 2 weeks and then I will move one...). This keeps me on track throughout the year. I give the students copy of a more detailed syllabus each month (with basic daily assignments/activities/due dates). Giving the kids a copy holds me accountable and it is another resource for them to consult when they miss class.

THe most efficient teachers I have encountered are those who have figured out how to assess the students' mastery of skills/concepts with the least effort... and I've never met an efficient teacher who graded everything.


I find it ironic that in the age of "No Child Left Behind," your school system has made it difficult for you to receive accommodations. It feels as though the educational system coined the term "accommodation" :) If I had a dollar for everytime a parent/coworker/administrator asked me if I was meeting a child's accomodations, I would be able to open my own school!!

That being said, I have not made my "disability" known to my coworkers for various reasons... mostly bc I don't want to be thought of as "less" competent than them, or, worse, as an adult with an IEP. Of course, I don't believe these perceptions are accurate, but I still fear them all the same. Kudos to you for putting yourself out there!

At the end of the day, I think that my battle with ADD has made me a more sensitive teacher. I really empathize with my students' seeming "inability" to get organized... and this allows me to develop/create a learning environment that is more accessible to them bc I *understand* where their weaknesses lie, and can thus, pass on strategies for coping with ADD (or just plain old adolescence) that work for me in hopes that some of my students will internalize these strategies, which I WISH someone had taught me!

I apologize for being so long-winded... What we (educators and ADDers) need is affirmation, validation, and some resources to make life a little easier. No reason to reinvent the wheel.

Your students are very lucky to have such a reflective, concerned teacher who has their very best interests at heart. Keep on truckin... What you are doing is significant beyond your immediate comprehension... Your dedication is unbelievably admirable! AH... what bliss it would be to teach without having to be a part of this egregious institution...

(PS: I hope this didn't sound condescending or patronizing! You may have been teaching longer than me and know this stuff already... I just can't bear to witness a discouraged educator since I have felt/feel that way so often:))

Imnapl
03-02-07, 09:29 PM
Your students are very lucky to have such a reflective, concerned teacher who has their very best interests at heart.As are yours. :cool:

VisualImagery
03-02-07, 10:29 PM
Please let this thread die, I am afraid of my admins and their power. PM me for updates, ok? Thanks, not to be mean, but afraid of my big mouth.

I do appreciate all the help.

ME

hermitian
03-02-07, 10:41 PM
Becky,

Re: "Sorry this is disjointed-my brain is totally shot and my emotions are raw."

I hope things work out for you. But keep in mind that the principal is not the enemy. He's just trying to run a school and deal with an employee who has a condition that he does not full understand.

Think of him reading this: "I really don't give a fig about this job-told him I had considered resigning."

How do you think you would react if you were he trying to recruit dedicated professionals who really do "give a fig" and read that by one of your teachers?

I think a larger question is whether you are in a state of mind that allows to you to apply the dedication and commitment required to be an effective educator. Maybe a respite that allowed you to re-energize would work better for you.

ADD stinks. But it ain't always about us...

Best,

SteveM

HighFunctioning
03-02-07, 11:37 PM
Becky,

Re: "Sorry this is disjointed-my brain is totally shot and my emotions are raw."

I hope things work out for you. But keep in mind that the principal is not the enemy. He's just trying to run a school and deal with an employee who has a condition that he does not full understand.

Think of him reading this: "I really don't give a fig about this job-told him I had considered resigning."

How do you think you would react if you were he trying to recruit dedicated professionals who really do "give a fig" and read that by one of your teachers?

I think a larger question is whether you are in a state of mind that allows to you to apply the dedication and commitment required to be an effective educator. Maybe a respite that allowed you to re-energize would work better for you.

ADD stinks. But it ain't always about us...

Best,

SteveM

I know that you don't know her very well, but I can assert with high confidence that Becky is a dedicated educator (and I'm sure an effective one when not having to jump through burning hoops). This thread does not express all of the details, but in the past, she has demonstrated interest in educating others effectively by being open to suggestions from those who struggle in school the most in the first place (many here).

Being dedicated to a job does not necessarily mean that one will have 100% tolerance for anything that happens. When one hears "jump" and one does not jump, does that imply someone who is not dedicated? Of course not. She is passionate in achieving her goal -- improving the educational experience for her students. Is the administration always necessarily focused squarely on this aspect? Absolutely not. Perhaps the administration is more focused on goals such as saving money, looking good (which can make more money), and staying in power. This is often true of any position in a company, whether or not one works for a school.

hermitian
03-02-07, 11:52 PM
Re: Re: "I really don't give a fig about this job-told him I had considered resigning."

You lost me there... I'm trying to figure out how that indicates a collaborative approach to fixing the problem.

Are there two sides to every story?

Usually yeah. But perceptions by those we interact with are their reality.

We've all been beat up by this malady. But that does not entitle us to claim a special insulation from responsibility.

If the evironment won't work for whatever reason, sometimes it's just best to shake the dust off your sandals and move on.

SteveM

VisualImagery
03-03-07, 12:18 AM
Thank you so much for the support HF!

Here are some links I started that will give those who question about my posts in this thread some background on where my heart lies! I have had good administrators. That was in the past.

Here are a rew threads I started, hopefully they give you an idea of why I teach, how much I care, what teaching means to me, and how I have struggled with ADD for 5+ decades:

Supporting Members with Dyslexia (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34935)
Getting Accommodations (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36813)
College Student Back to School Roll Call (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31115)
Organizing for College Success (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31248)
Characteristics of Great High School Teachers (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31117)
Teacher with ADD Will Help Students with ADD (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30787)

Steve,

I have to be blunt and tell you how your post affected me-you don't know me well, and if you don't work in the educational system, you are unaware of the politics of the educational system and even the abuse teachers across the globe endure. America has the second highest teacher abuse rate, after Australia.

Your post hurt someone who is already suffering, it just added insult to a painful injury. This forum is for support and encouragement, that is why I posted and poured out my heart. I want to share with you how I feel and tell you a little about me. I am sure you care about students. I have been in management and helped employees who struggled or needed help. I did not slap them down or try to take them out like what is happening to me at my school.

I feel you judged me before understanding the entire situation. Did you read the entire thread? You have no idea what my state of mind is and I find your comments condemning, judgemental, and premature. There are huge issues you are uninformed about that I am dealing with. I understand what you are saying, but without knowing me like so many on the forum do and without knowing what is really happening, you are only seeing one small puzzle piece not the whole picture.

I never use my disabilty as an excuse-disclosing and asking for accommodations was humilitating and embarassing. Working for weeks after having them refused-resonable and cause no undue hardship, and it is the law under ADA, I was still struggling.

My so-called "mental state" was affected by struggling to do my job without accommodations. Being upset does not mean one cannot do one's job. Venting about problems does not either. He did not follow district protocol when I disclosed. That is not his pervue, it is higher up the food chain in the district. He did not follow district policy.

I was pouring out frustration and pain in that post. I never told him I don't give a fig. For me to say that on this forum shows those who really know me how horribly I was hurting. For me to say that shows how bad it was/is. I love teaching, and at that point I was hating what I love. IT WAS TEARING MY HEART OUT! My students never suffered. I did my best by them, always have.

I care deeply about my students. I wrote that from the depths of pain and despair from the treatment I was getting. I did tell the principal I was thinking of resigning-I think-now I am not so sure.

The Federal government and each state have specific laws about equality and disabilities and penalities for employers who fail to follow ADA/EEOC law.There is much more going on than you know. You also do not know what this man is really like.

I do hope you will read my threads and get to know who and what motivates me in all my life. Perhaps that will help you see tht what I wrote is from the depths of despair of being discriminated against and judged unable to to my job because I have ADD.

ME

I thank all who have supported and encouraged me through this from the bottom of my heart.

ME

Andrew
03-03-07, 12:26 AM
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