Centennial High School language arts teacher Jordan Kohanim is one of my favorite posters here at Get Schooled. She uses her full name in her comments, which I greatly admire. She is willing to engage with other posters and she always seemed to enjoy her students and coaching her high school’s debate team. (You might remember the piece on merit pay she co-wrote for the blog.) And while Jordan has never mentioned this, she was Centennial’s Teacher of the Year for 2009-10.
So, I was sorry to read this note Jordan sent me about her decision to give up coaching the debate team at her high-achieving Roswell high school because she is taking another job to make ends meet.
“I’m sure I’m not the only one,” she says. ” I’m sure there are others. It might be interesting to see who else has had to stop extra-contracted hours to take on a second income.”
Here is her letter to her debate team explaining her decision:
Our team has grown exponentially because of you. I hope you are as proud of yourself as I am proud of you. Over the past three years, our program made great strides due to your hard work: you guys won an award for the fastest growing NFL chapter, were invited to compete in the CFL National tournament in Omaha, and earned numerous trophies and accolades from across the state. On top of that, our program went from six dedicated students to over 50 in a matter of three years.
So it is with heavy heart that I write this letter. Words cannot convey how saddened I am to have to inform you that due to larger classes, less planning time in the daily schedule, and more cuts to instructional planning days, I will no longer be able to coach the Centennial High School Debate Team.
If I were not taking on a second job to supplement the income lost due to budget cuts, I would be more than happy to continue coaching. Sadly, with my decreased income and more academic responsibility, I won’t be able to devote the time needed to coach the team.
I will continue to support you as you learn and grow within our school. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work. I will look back upon my years as a coach as some of the happiest of my life, and perhaps when skies are bluer, I can come back. For now, Dr. Bartley has sent out a staff-wide request for someone to fill the position.
All my best,