[Perform-Talk] Asking for your thoughts concerning a RecentSituation.

Linda Mentink lmentink7360 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 21:41:18 UTC 2021

Hi Annie,

This doesn't smell good to me.  I'd ask what's going on that 
would make that teacher quit.  I hope you get to ask some 
questions to put your mind at ease.  Being up front is best, and 
I wonder what they're hiding.  I will certainly be praying.



 ----- Original Message -----
From: Annie Davis via Perform-Talk <perform-talk at nfbnet.org
To: "'Performing Arts Division list'" <perform-talk at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 16:07:26 -0400
Subject: [Perform-Talk] Asking for your thoughts concerning a 

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well.

I know some of you are aware that I am to start a voice teaching 
job at a Catholic School in the fall, but there has been some 
uncertainty surrounding that.  Although the principal has been 
friendly and civil to me, she has also in my view, dropped some 
hints that it might not work out: Either because they only have 
money to pay a teacher to come one day a week, they want to gauge 
the interest of students, and last year, the music teacher left 
because the kids were making fun of her accent.  (Well,to that, I 
say shame on the school for not training the students in 
diversity and respecting people of differences.)

Well, the latest is, I followed up with the principal yet again 
because next Tuesday is my day to come in and observe, except for 
one problem…

She said that the music teacher “quit the day before school 
started, so there are no music classes to observe.”  I have it 
in writing😉.

Does anyone else feel suspicious about that statement?  I mean, 
how could a teacher quit before school even starts?  It’s just 
not adding up in mind!

While that may be true, and some other opportunity may have come 
along for said perspective music teacher, given the communication 
we’ve had, it just seems awfully convenient and that there’s 
a subtext underneath that response.

We’re supposed to have a follow-up conversation tomorrow 
afternoon, and you bet I’m going to follow up!  So my conflict 
is: While I do not want to burn a bridge and cry fowl for no 
reason, I don’t want to let her down easy.  I have asked, time 
and time again,

“Are you sure you do not have any concerns as to how I, as a 
blind person will be an effective teacher” and she has not 
indicated that she has other than what I’ve just said.

Or am I just knocking on a locked door at this point?

Your prayers would be appreciated as well.  ❤


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