Also, if they hold your certificate for a year, I feel like you'd want that year to heal anyway.
I saw the writing on the wall with the bad admin at my school and left in the summer. I am hearing now from colleagues that my suspicions were well-founded and I have no regrets. It did feel weird as I am the only one not having a first day of school this week, though.
I have a second interview with a company outside of education this week, and an inside source tells me I am the front runner, so I am hopeful.
My mental state is better than it has been in two years, and it feels good. I didn't realize how bad my mental health had gotten under these conditions until they were gone and I had a chance to heal some.