Colleen shows exceptional courage and insight as she shares the details of what can only be described as a horrible nightmare. She is an exceptional writer and incredible human being.
I applied for unemployment benefits in the state of Virginia. I told myself I had little choice. I did not want to admit to myself that I felt ashamed, and that going through some of the documents my former principal filed against me brought back the helplessness, hopelessness and stark fear of mid-March to mid-April 2015. Those were the weeks she attacked me in some fashion every day, in ways large and small that would be comical if the stakes were not so high.
I am blogging this, deeply personal and painful as it is, because otherwise I am providing only a selective picture of my life as a teacher. The consequences of those 15 or so business days during which my ex-principal worked very hard to rid herself of me will likely take a toll on my professional life for a while. I am not ready to think about how long…
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