Thursday, a teacher in my hallway (a fellow elective teacher) had a meeting with admin after school. This person had missed 8.5 days so far this year (that also doesn't count the numerous times they have showed up late, like after 1st period started). We've only been in school for 9 weeks. This is also a new teacher (first year and not even certified). Their classroom discipline is a joke and their lessons are even worse. We've tried to help them as my assistant is their mentor but they just won't listen. They have been a thorn in everyone's butt all year long. The admin is frustrated (and they have been intervening since week one) and had yet another meeting with them on Thursday after school. This teacher literally walked out of the office meeting and said, "What do I have to do to resign?" One admin said, "You need to write a letter of resignation and turn in your keys, ID, and laptop." All of this was witnessed by other teachers in the office.
This is where the "Costanza Moment" begins.
The teacher walks in Friday morning about 6:45 AM (the earliest) they've ever been at school. Waits for the principal. Drops their keys and ID on the secretary's desk, hands the computer and resignation letter to the principal says, "I quit" and walks out. They apparently cleaned out their classroom after the meeting the previous day. This teacher was in charge of the school's "Fall Fest" and failing horribly at it. So, the principal had an emergency meeting after school on Friday to see if we (as a campus) could step up and get the "Fall Fest" together (it's this coming Friday). So of course, we as a campus step up (including yours truly and my assistant) help organize it.
This is where the "Costanza Moment" ends.
This morning, my assistant comes into the band hall around 7:00 AM and says, "Guess who's in the office?" The teacher who ceremoniously quit Friday was in the office. Apparently, they had a change of heart and decided they didn't want to quit. They basically came in like nothing happened. Their resignation letter threw everyone (including myself and my assistant) under the bus. Everyone was like, "What are you doing here? You quit on Friday." The principal was not interested in taking him back but HR insisted upon it as this position has had a bad history the past three years. So, they are back like nothing happened. The kids go it in their head that this teacher was fired. We all know they quit. Has anyone ever seen a teacher pull this crap, a new and uncertified teacher at that? If they were in danger of not being renewed at the end of the year before, they pretty much guaranteed it now.
Oh, and that was just the first few hours of school today. We had multiple fights, kids throwing tantrums (hitting walls and throwing desks, yelling and screaming up and down the hall, etc all during class) resulting in two "hold in place", and a student start a fire in class with a cellphone battery.