If you know me or have followed me for any amount of time you know that I went back to work in August 2017. You also know that I very much struggled with the working mom transition. I wasn’t ever 100% sure I was ready to go back into the teaching profession, but once I was offered the position I jumped in head first! However, within a week I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me, for our family. I wrote this resignation letter in October, barely a month after going back. Yesterday, I finally turned it in and started packing my things.
To Whom This May Concern
I want to begin this letter thanking you immensely for the opportunity to work with Appleton Public Schools*. I can truly say it is one of the very best places I’ve ever had the pleasure of working. And I can’t even begin to say enough good things about Elementary School. They have truly welcomed me with open arms and helped me every step of the way. My grade level team, my co-teacher, and the administrative team have been the best!
As I told many upon joining the APS family, I am a working mother for the first time. The day I reported to new teacher orientation was the day after my daughter’s second birthday. I had been home with her for exactly two years. While bittersweet, I knew I was ready to enter the world of education once again. But I was wrong.
As much as I have enjoyed being back in the teaching profession, my heart hasn’t 100% been here. As a teacher, and also a mother, for the first time in this career, I can not justify teaching other people’s children when my heart isn’t there. As Ann Smith said at the new teachers reception (if I may paraphrase) – Appleton carefully chooses their teachers; teachers they would want for their own children. Thinking of that as a working mother for the first time is different than I could’ve thought of before, I now have children and I would only want the best for my children when they are in school one day.
It has been an amazing year for me, honestly one of the best years of my seven years teaching. But I would be lying if I didn’t say that it was a struggle and it hasn’t gotten easier. I’ve reached out to many other working moms and heard basically the same thing across the board – it will never get easier, you’ll just get used to it. At this time, I’m just not willing to do that.
My husband always reminds me, “it’s only a year” and while he was trying to help and give me words to help make it through, it gave me much more than that. It showed me that it’s a “year.” My children will only be little once. In a few short years they’ll start school themselves and it reminds me that I am truly compromising a huge chunk of our time together.
While I know I have probably gotten far more personal than the typical resignation letter, I wanted you to know that this was my best effort. I also wanted you to know how very, very grateful I am and have been for this wonderful opportunity. The staff I was surrounded by at Elementary School, lifted me up with smiles, laughter, intellect, and prayers and I’ll be forever grateful. It’s truly been an amazing school year. I pray that when my babies do enter school years from now and my stay-at-home mom days are over, I will be welcomed back into this wonderful school system, but for now I have to say “see you later,” because babies don’t keep.
Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as teacher at Elementary School. My last day will be the close of the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact me if there’s anything I can do to help with the transition.
Again, thank you so much for this opportunity.
Thank you to everyone reading who has been a support to me and thank you to all of my readers who’ve stuck around as the cobwebs gathered around here!
And to all my teacher friends, have a wonderful summer!!!
*All identifying information was changed because people are crazy 😉