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

kaye.j.zimpher at gmail.com kaye.j.zimpher at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 23:16:29 UTC 2021

I would think that if the teacher quit right before school, then they
definitely need a music teacher.  I'd take a leap and offer my services.
Sounds like asking you to "observe" was  just a way to let you come in
without actually letting you do the work. Show confidence in your ability
to be more than an "observer." Let them know,  in a nice way of course that
it sounds like they need you and you are ready to step in. If they then
deny you then you know what to do next it sounds like.
We as blind people know our compitencies and we do not have to take a back
seat just because someone else wants us to.

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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
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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 ?œquit 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

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,

?œAre 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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