After two years as a Teach for America teacher at a low-income, mostly Hispanic school in San Jose, Miss Bennett will leave to teach at a low-income, mostly Hispanic charter school. Why is she leaving?
I’m ready for the challenge of working in a school that actually has high expectations for both teachers and students, and actually helps teachers and students meet those expectations. I’m ready to feel valued as a professional. I’m ready to make an impact in educational reform.
. . . why on Earth would I ever want to stay in a place that simply wants me to uphold the status quo?
She wants to be a leader. That’s not possible where she is, Miss Bennett writes.
. . . I’m not willing to spend the next 10 years of my life killing myself fighting mediocrity. Every day, I know I make an impact in my own classroom, but beyond that door, I see nothing change. The district is too big, overwhelmed, and powerful to respond to one teacher.
After two years, her new school has shown signs of success working with the same kind of students she now teaches.