In July of 2005, I transferred school districts to continue my 15 year teaching career on Santa Catalina, a remote Island 26 miles off the coast of Southern California. I was told they "needed me", a veteran teacher with a new Master's Degree in Education, and fluent in the Spanish language, because 75% of the Catalina Island community speak Spanish as their home language.
Little did I know I would be "laid off" after only 5 years serving the parents and students of this Island community, because I had "only 5 years seniority" in the Long Beach Unified School District!
Perhaps it is a good thing that I didn't know this in advance, or I may not have left my "secure tenured position" in the nicest school in the Santa Ana Unified School District? Yet, if I had not left, I would never have had the opportunity to teach the Island youth, whom I have grown to love.
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