Jobs for Reading Teachers and in Education, in general, are very scarce. I HAVE had some interviews lately that I am very grateful for. I was a nontenured teacher when I had my cancer diagnosis in 2009. I lost my job a day after my first surgery. My contract was not going to be renewed. In the meantime, my cancer metasisized to my lymph nodes in my neck area and I had 3 surgeries, radiation, within a year. During the 2011-2012 school year, I was offered a long term substitute reading specialist position without a salary, benefits, etc. My body couldn't handle the workload of working with K-5th grade students, teachers, and a principal that was an interim principal. The principal who hired me was on a medical leave during my time at the school district, and being the compassionate person I am, told her that the recovery time is the hardest. I did NOT tell her my cancer situation during my interview. I told her when I had found out she had a planned medical leave for a hernia surgery. She asked me some questions at the time I told her about when I had cancer, etc. She then, told me that it would be best for me to resign the position and that it wasn't working out for me. She went on to add that the teachers didn't like me, which was not true, and made me feel like I just wasn't doing a good job.
So I left the position because I was too prideful to be fired. It was suggested I had family circumstances I was facing, which was true, but not really the TRUTH. I did not receive unemployment benefits because of this!
Previously before the cancer diagnosis, I worked as a teacher and special education teacher and had been a product of reduction in force, etc. I am tired of this! I had a passion for working in education, but it really isn't there anymore..... I keep thinking of my talents. I am single at 37 and have no children but I am broke!!!!! I am afraid because I don't know what to do and I will soon run out of money. My family is not understanding and does not support me. They did not support me all through the cancer.
Can I get financial assistance or some type of help with a career change if I am defaulted and/or not able to make Dept of Ed student loan payments?? I feel completely stuck because I am trying to learn how to re-function in life after having cancer. Especially thyroid cancer, since I am on hormone replacement therapy. I want to take care of myself and be kinder to me. I feel like I have always lived paycheck to paycheck in the education field. Please help:) Thank you!