In my experience, one of the biggest difficulties for international schools is retaining teachers. There are some schools that are amazing and are able to retain them with ease, but there are a lot of schools that seem to lose almost an entire staff at the end of every single school year because of a range of issues that all stem from one key problem: inappropriate management.

This problem can exist in a variety of ways:

  • A severely abusive school manager creates a hostile working environment because they take every single moment they can to berate and belittle members of their staff and plays favourites with a handful of people while gaslighting the rest.
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You have to ask yourself: What was the supervisor, who called in Annie time and time again to “talk to her” about a mistake that she knew perfectly well had long since been corrected, actually thinking? Did she somehow forget, each time, that the problem had been resolved? That seems unlikely. Her behavior appears to be a pure exercise of power for its own sake. The pointlessness of the exercise—both Annie and her boss knew nothing would really be achieved by telling someone to fix a problem that’s already been fixed—made  it nothing more than a way for the boss to rub that fact—that this was a relation of pure arbitrary power—in Annie’s face.

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When I started working in late August of 2017, I was not a legal employee. I don’t think the few parents who interacted with me recognised that; I’m not sure they recognised that, for the first couple months of my work, I did not have legal rights to work at the school that had hired me.

Honestly, I couldn’t have worked anywhere in Italy because I didn’t have proper paperwork.

And I wasn’t the only person in this situation working at this school. There were two of us, both Americans, who found ourselves working at a place illegally. We were coerced into this work, as it was not our decision.… Read the rest.

“We treat everyone equally here!”

This is one of the last things that I ever heard from my former boss. It was after completing a meeting with the my Deputy Coordinator about what I needed to do to complete the school year with that company (as the administration called it), what I intended to complete of my Managebac units so that I could assist the next teacher by making it clear what the students should (in theory) have learned, and what areas I intended to leave blank because they would disappear in the transition to the next school year and never be viewed again.… Read the rest.