The next term is fast approaching and many schools have job openings. Have you decided to apply to another school and look for a new teaching job because you have some conflict with your coordinator? If you don't plan to leave then how do you handle the conflict?
I once had an English coordinator when I worked for a government school. I worked with her for a total of three years. Over that period of time I learned to "dance with her' -but sometimes I got tired of the dancing and my patience became severely tested. Often that patience got pushed to the limit.
In the first year, things were tolerable. As a subordinate, I had to follow every single instruction she gave me. Even though she was a perfectionist, I performed to her expectations and I got very high ratings. Very often she would praise me to the heavens in front of our agency evaluator. She would paint a good picture of me to our director, the parents and my colleagues. I received accolades that I had never gotten before in my entire teaching career.
She was a kind and generous Thai woman. She did wonderful things for the school and I felt obligated to please her in any way possible. I don't despise my former coordinator. Actually I am thankful for the experience. It made me a better teacher.
But I can't imagine how I allowed myself to be ruined by a close relationship with my superior. Although I had given 100% effort to all my school activities, I felt it wasn't worth the effort. The authority she exercised over me went overboard. She was on one big power trip and I began to resent her. I was fed up of everything she did. I was like a bird inside a cage struggling to be free. So on the verge of exasperation, I decided to leave. I didn't regret leaving. In fact as soon as I left, new doors opened.
I had learned to speak Thai better. I had travelled to a lot of places in Thailand - as far south as Pattani and as far north as Chiangmai. I had met a lot of people. Above all, I had rediscovered my freedom.
If I were to re-live those days, I should have distanced myself a bit more from my coordinator. Perhaps it is not only coordinators we have to keep at arm's length but also directors, co-teachers and even students because it could create complications in the future. I should have subscribed to the saying, "familiarity breeds contempt."
How about you? Are you in good terms with your coordinator?