I receive messages all the time from teachers who need support or are considering breaking their teaching contracts. When I was a teacher, I had a very close relationship with the union in both of my school districts, and I wanted to bring in an expert to talk more on these subjects to share his knowledge. In this episode, interview Brian Rippet.
After working in the classroom for 21 years, Brian is now the Nevada State Education Association President. We talk about how to get in contact with advocates in your area, what you should know if you are considering breaking your contract, and more.
(0:35) Introducing Bryan Rippet
(1:25) Bryan’s background
(2:46) Do teacher contracts differ based on state and district?
(3:39) What your contract might say about taking leave
(8:30) Who to talk to about your leave options
(11:55) Should you be concerned about losing your teaching license if you break your contract?
(15:03) Signing a letter of intent versus a contract
(18:07) How can your union help you?
(20:59) When in doubt, reach out to your union and ask questions
(23:57) What if you live in a non-union state?
(26:39) Where can you get to get additional info and support?
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- EP 43 – Alexis Shepard: Advocating for Teachers
- EP 08 – Mr. John Rodney: Positive Mindsets and Supportive Schools
- EP 04 – Principal Rahh: Revolutionizing How Schools Support Teachers
- EP 20 – Should I Leave Teaching? The Pros and Cons
Where to start
If you’re just beginning to think about leaving teaching, brainstorming other options is a great place to start. But if you’re like many others, teaching was your only plan – there never was a Plan B. You might feel at a loss when it comes to figuring out what alternatives are out there.
Start with our free quiz, below, to get alternative job options for careers that really do hire teachers!