I lost my job about two years ago, never would I have thought that getting a ticket for driving with a suspended license would make me a felon! (Went to court and paid fines)(used a public defender) so I lost my teaching credential. I was a preschool teacher for 10 years and then my supervisor took me out of class one day and that was it :( I thought I would be able to fix it an get my job back, they even held my position as I tried to do it. Last summer I needed xtra income so I joined a nanny website. I was surprised to see that I could make the same or more than I was making as a teacher. So in October I decided to stick with it, I love kids and it was less work (paperwork, kids) for the same pay. I was happy and excited. But it seems that everyone I talk to looks at me funny when I tell them I'm not in he classroom anymore. My family, my peers seem to look at me differently. I don't think I have wasted my education. I still teach at work but I focus on one child. My mom keeps asking me if I'm looking for a job. It's frustrating. Also, I think I'm letting them get to me because I was fine when I started but now I feel more ackward (I am Hispanic, born and raised in California to immigrant parents) at the park with my boy. I feel like a stereotype when I see the other (Mexican) nannies speaking Spanish an caring for Caucasian children. I didn't feel this way before. I don't personally feel like I am settling for less. I work 4 days for more $ that I made working 40-50 hrs as a teacher. The couple I work for is great, actually all of the families I've nannied for have been great, respectful and have treated me like a co-parent and not like an employee. Idk. I'm just ranting now :) I just don't see what the big deal is and they're messing with my head.
on Feb. 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM