Teacher Resignation

(Not so) Educating

Today I handed in my Teacher Resignation.

It was scary

It made me uncomfortable.

I felt made liberated.

I did it for the benefit of my mental health.

It was to ensure I am the best Mum I can be.

I will have to rely on my husband a little more.

Today I resigned from my role as a Teacher of Drama at a school I’ve been at for the majority of my ten years of teaching.

Yep, I resigned from being a teacher…with no other teaching job to go to.

In all honesty, I’m not sure whether I will ever go back to it properly.


A few simple reasons:

  • It’s a demanding job. Holidays or not, the level of work required to be a good/outstanding teacher is unbelievable.
  • Time. In order to be a consistent, good teacher you need to put time into it. In and out of school. With a husband that works long hours and now two children. I don’t have the time, or the energy, for it.
  • I want to be the best possible Mum I can be. I’m avoiding looking back on my children’s early years and seeing a mixture of juggling them and work – parents evenings, performances, meetings etc.

So, what am I going to do instead?

Well, my loose plan is to do some supply teaching a couple of days a week and develop my face painting business (Okie Dokie Face Painting) in between. As well as keep working on my blog and the social media that comes with it.

My main priority is making the most of my children being little.

Teacher Resignation

I was lucky enough to be able to drop to three days after my son was born and I’m so appreciative of that. The idea was that it would make life easier but unfortunately, I found the pressure to be much more.

Meetings one evening after school and after school rehearsals the other two days meant that any planning and preparation had to be done at home. By the time I had got home, got my son to bed and had my tea, it was 8pm before I was even starting work. My brain does not work well late at night!

I got pregnant with my daughter and everything was even more exhausting. In my post, “Hello Third Trimester” I touched upon my struggles with anxiety regarding work which seemed to develop through my pregnancy, coming to ahead when I had a panic attack in work. Baring all this in mind, I know that, although daunting, I have made the right decision to hand in my teacher resignation letter.

Teacher Resignation

Missed Memories of Teacher Life

I will miss the school that had given me so many memories and treasured friendships over the years. The kids and the relationships that form with them that I won’t get in supply will be a sad aspect of my decision. I will miss the structure and routine of being at the same school. Bluntly, I’m giving up (for now at least) a wonderful career that I have worked really hard for.

No regrets

However, despite the nervous feeling in my stomach, as I begin walking down a new path in my life, I know I won’t regret it. I won’t regret it when I can be there for my son and daughter’s first day at school, for instance. I’ll be content because I can enjoy family time. Above all, I won’t regret it when I’m a lot more chilled and more relaxed.

I’m aware that not everyone has this option. I feel lucky and grateful that I have the support of my husband as I make this move.

My working life is uncertain. However, this is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

Watch this space!

Have you resigned from your career to be a Mum? Have you ever handed in your Teacher Resignation? How did you find it? Do you have any words of encouragement or knowledge? Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – don’t forget to click like/follow! 🙂

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  1. Well done you! I did the same, I didn’t go back after having number 2, and it was the best decision we ever made. I love being able to be a mum all of the time. I probably will go back to doing something once they’re all in school, but for the moment, they need me!

  2. After baby number 2 I came away from childcare and now work evening 4 days a week which means I don’t see as much of my partner but see the children more and I don’t miss out on school activities 🙂 it’s not a forever job but until I work out what that is it will do me for now 🙂

  3. Could you do some exam marking? Not the most exciting of things but what my mum did when she was a SAHM and it helped her get back into teaching when we were both in school.

  4. Brave move but completely understandable in the circumstances – teaching is a really demanding job. All the best for supply teaching and the face painting business #KCACOLS.

  5. It must have been a hard decision to make but understandable. I never went back to work after my first child and have mostly thought it was the best decision for us as a family. I’m really lucky to have been there for first days of school, to help out with their activities at school etc #KCACOLS

  6. I can imagine that teaching is a really difficult job to do when you have children. Hope it all works out for you. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  7. Well done for taking the leap and making the choice that is right for you and your family. I took voluntary redundancy from my old job at the end of my maternity leave with my daughter and have absolutely no regrets. x #KCACOLS

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