I have a comment to make regarding my actions as a professional and a private individual. Recently, I agreed to assume a position at Robertson High School. When I was asked if I would fill a position made vacant by the resignation of a teacher, with little hesitation, I agreed to.
My first act was to inform parents of the students affected of my sincere intentions to help alleviate the situation. For the most part, my letter to the parents was immediately returned, as I had asked parents to sign and have their children return the letter to me; a few parents, recognizing me and my past service to area schools, attached personal notes which I sincerely appreciated. In the interim, however, personal as well as professional concerns intervened, and I duly informed the school officials that I would not, regardless of my initial intent, be able to remain until the end of the school year. During the time I was at my post, however, I did my very best to fulfill the immediate responsibilities of the commitment I made.
My decision to discontinue my work was based on a number of factors: personal health, restrictions I could not tolerate any longer, occupational and situational, somewhat colored by some student attitudes and by emergent conditions, but not fully.
Nevertheless, I cannot ignore the feeling that not having been able to sustain the optimism I truly felt going into the situation might affect the 100-plus students and their parents in a negative way. It is because of this that I want to express my regret that the situation did not work out. To those parents and students who have communicated their disappointment with the outcome, I reiterate my sincere regret. Boundaries arise in our lives that restrict forward movement. From time to time, some are insurmountable. One must recognize that while boundaries may feel constricting at times, the psychological pain of attempting to cross every boundary in life, no matter what, can cause great problems that could have been avoided by knowing when to stop.
I would want everyone to understand that this was not escapist rationalizing on my part; the decision I made was fully reasoned before being executed.
Again, thank you to those many students, parents, and fellow educators who placed their trust in me and also to those who have tried to understand the validity of my reasons.
Lupita P. Gonzales