We all know education is a house on fire right now, but my brain has only with squirt gun-sized solutions. I’m not sure how to fix this. I can, though, help my people. As you might know, I quit classroom teaching (probably for good) and took a new job last summer working in a college library. 

I love my new job. Like, a lot. I haven’t talked much about that here or on my socials because…well, I can read a room and I’m not a jerk. In the past couple of months, more and more of my teacher friends are telling me that they’re done, too.

So what can I do to help? This:

Here’s how to grab a copy of everything in the video. (Yes, it’s really free.) First, make sure you’re logged into your Google email (Google Drive) account. Then, go to this page and click the “make a copy” button, which’ll add a copy of my editable Slides file to your Drive:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1s70R0BlXx_na80EaRmWP0DOYFLr4sjT-8ivUShSYcsY/copy

Here’s the link to the same “make a copy” page, but shortened to make it easier to share with other teachers:

https://tinyurl.com/3wnxhyec

I hope these materials save you some time and frustration. Please share the link with any teachers you know who are struggling with the should-I-stay-or-should-I-go decision. I’m a resource for all teachers – new, experienced, and former.

Any questions about life after the classroom? I’m happy to talk about it.

Be well, friend.

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  1. OMG!!!! My DREAM job. I live 30 minutes away from Texas A&M University and 25 minutes from Sam Houston State University (alma mater). I’d love nothing more than to work on either of those campuses in the library department. My biggest concern has been the difference in pay. What can you tell me about your experience etc? Thank you so much for sharing these resources as well!!!!

    Saundra

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  2. Totally fair question, Saundra. The college job pays about $10,000 less than I’d earn if I were teaching here in our public school district, but the health benefits and tuition program for dependents (my daughter’s now a student here) are incredibly generous and help close that gap. I also don’t get summers off anymore, but the thing is I don’t even mind because I’m not so wiped out at the end of each day. We still get campus-wide holidays sprinkled throughout the year and I’ll earn two weeks of actual vacation time during this first year. Those annual vacation days increase, too, the longer I’m here. So…yeah…I know not everyone’s in a position to take a step-down, but frugal living + online income + husband’s retirement stuff + timing just made it the right move for me. Hope this helps!

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  3. You are the best!

    On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 9:11 AM Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom wrote:

    > Laura Randazzo posted: ” We all know education is a house on fire right > now, but my brain has only with squirt gun-sized solutions. I’m not sure > how to fix this. I can, though, help my people. As you might know, I quit > classroom teaching (probably for good) and took a new job la” >

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  4. Hope something here is helpful, Michele. I love my teacher friends! ❤️

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  5. Oh my gosh! This is amazing!! Thank you.

    On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 12:11 PM Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom wrote:

    > Laura Randazzo posted: ” We all know education is a house on fire right > now, but my brain has only with squirt gun-sized solutions. I’m not sure > how to fix this. I can, though, help my people. As you might know, I quit > classroom teaching (probably for good) and took a new job la” >

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  6. Your generosity never ceases to amaze me.

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  7. Thanks, alexapex! Hope some of these bits will be helpful. 🙂

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  8. Thanks, Marti, but (confession!) building stuff is also fun for me. Hope you’re well! 🙂

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  9. You are amazing! Thank you!

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  10. Thanks, Barbara, for the ongoing support. We’ve been here together a long time. 🙂 ❤️

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  11. Thank you for the templates and your knowledge.

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  12. My pleasure, Adrienne! Hope these materials are helpful. 🙂

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  13. Laura,
    I’ve been following your stuff and adapting what I can for a math classroom. I also share with my English teacher friends. Writing to thank you so much for this resume reboot material.

    We are moving closer to family this summer and I knew my resume did not reflect my 8 years of experience/accomplishments. I spent a few quality days with your materials and revamped my resume completely.

    I did a video interview Thursday morning with my dream school, and they called at lunch time to offer me the position! I know that my resume was so much more powerful thanks to your generous work. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  14. What wonderful news, Susie! Thank you for this note. So happy to know my work could play a small part in helping you find your new position. Enjoy the move! ❤️

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