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Huge Sigh

Today I signed my professional evaluation.  Several times throughout the school year, a supervisor walks through each classroom.  Occasionally he or she stays and actually checks things out.  I wasn’t looking forward to this year’s eval.  Seems like every time the AP came into my room, something was wrong.

I expected my evaluation to mention my messy desk, inappropriate foods,  and inappropriate words.  It didn’t.  What it did mention were great things about me.  The AP used words like efficient (must have me mixed up with the other Ms. A.), effective, compassionate, thorough, resourceful, engaging, and respectful.  He also listed my extracurricular activities. As I read them it dawned on me why I am always so tired.

That piece of paper said wonderful things.  Glad that’s over.  I can relax now, kick my shoes off, and be myself.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Likewise, congratulations, milady. You always seem to think less of yourself than others think of you. Except when you’re leading a bike parade over a cliff, that is. 🙂 It’s refreshing. :*

  2. Bill — especially since the AP is danged hard to please.

    OC — well, I guess I’m glad the inferiority complex is good for something. :p

  3. Congratulations! You’ve got written proof you’re effective, compassionate, thorough, resourceful, engaging, and respectful. But we all knew that already. 😛

  4. Quilly… this does not surprise me at all. First, those supervisors are trained to look for the important details – a clean and orderly desk does not always make the best teacher. And the words that come out of a child’s mouth are not the fault of the teacher — but how she reacts to and deals with the words is VERY important! I’m not one bit surprised to hear that you got a “sparkling” evaluation! However… I am pleased! Congrats!

  5. Mumma — and I was afraid the AP would never see things that way. He tends to be “by-the-book.”

    Kat — thanks — again. You make me feel special.

    Morgan — in truth, I am impatient, sharp-tongued, short-sighted and incompetent. I am constantly amazed that no one else notices.

    Melli — I am pleased too since I plan on tucking it in my pocket and carrying it off to another school district!

  6. Great job! I agree with these other people. I think all of those words he used apply to you. And on the extremely small chance we’re ALL wrong, you do such a good job of hiding your rottenness that even that is an accomplishment.

  7. You aint fooling me Quilly with your last line bit about “being myself”, but I’m pleased you got a good report, I guess you could say you’re top of the class.

  8. I hate to rain on your parade but do you think they were trying to say enough nice things so you won’t leave. All of them true of course.

  9. Bazza — well, you’re right. I take my shoes off all the time, but I usually keep them nearby in case an administrator pops in.

    Jill — thanks!

    Polona — this year
    I am very proud of my students and their progress. They make me look good.

    Dr. John — usually they say good things to get rid of people. They don’t give good references for folks they want to keep. I’d like to thank you for reminding me of that. Pft.

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