Just Call Me Alice

I think my name is Alice, and I live in Wonderland.

Several days ago, I was told by the state that I am not a highly qualified teacher.

This morning, moments after the school day began, the principal appeared at my door. “Can I see you for a minute?” he said.

I assigned some independent math practice to my students, stepped into the hall and closed the door behind me.

“I’d like to appoint you to be the lead teacher for the special ed department,” the principal said.

My jaw dropped. “Why?” I asked.

“Because you know what you’re doing and you’re doing a fine job,” he said.

“But,” I sputtered, “I’m not highly qualified.”

“Who says?”

“The state. Speaking of which, I’d like to know when the administrators are going to get together to figure out my fate and the fate of the other special ed teachers.”

“We had a meeting about that last night.”

“And?”

“There’s nothing to worry about. You’re not going to lose your job. So, are you going to accept my offer or not?”

“Sure.”

“Good. Congratulations!”

I’m still a non-highly qualified teacher in the state’s eyes, but in my principal’s eyes, I’m competent enough to head the middle school’s special ed department.

I’m sure my name is Alice, and I live in Wonderland.

Posted on September 18, 2009, in administrators, highly qualified teachers, idiocy, NCLB. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Definitely fell down the rabbit hole with this one but what a nice soft landing. Congratulations.

  2. Well, hello, Alice. I do hope that you get some supplement with that assignment. I’m glad that you are getting the recognition that you apparently deserve. That would bring a lift to my spirits if I were in your situation.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always read what you’re doing, but I don’t always comment…

  3. Hey congratulations. It’s about time you got some recognition from the Man. Or the Woman. Or whomever or whatever it may be.

  4. congratulations!!

    lovely post

  5. The state can suck it! 🙂 Those who really know you know your value, and that’s one of the best things we could ask for. Congratulations.

  6. Wahoo!!! You work for someone who can appreciate quality when they see it!!

  7. Congrats!

    You know, somehow this reminds me of my own NCLB credentials check. I showed up to my appointment with many documents in hand, and they cheerfully told me that I didn’t need to worry, because music wasn’t considered a core subject – they didn’t need to out me through “the wringer.” I didn’t know whether to feel relieved or insulted.

  8. Congratulations! That’s fantastic!

  9. Dude, or is it Dudette? Congratulations, you deserve it.

  10. Congrats, Dude. You earned it.

    I’m teaching two elective classes, two content classes, a homeroom, and two small groups. All within the “highly qualified” bounds of my special ed teaching license–so I’m “highly qualified.”

    Snort. You should see me in math.

  11. I had not read your post about being unqualified before I read this post. I’m glad that you’re district looked beyond the state’s ideas.

  12. I LOVE your principal because he/she has that which is so sadly lacking in many administrators: Common sense! Congratulations!!

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