I have been told by many throughout the years that I would make an excellent teacher. When I hit a dead-end as a fulltime freelance writer, teaching seemed the next logical career step for me.I got my master’s, did my student teaching, and thought myself fortunate enough to land a job with Baltimore County Public Schools. I had a three year contract, plenty of time to get settled, figure out what I was really supposed to do and get good enough at it that I would earn tenure and teach for a decade-plus and retire.I hit a surprise speed bump at my midyear evaluation this January when I was suddenly informed the administration was not seeing things gel the way they had hoped. A number of issues, previously undiscussed at any length, suddenly were pressing concerns. The one thing that did remain a constant was my continuing struggle to tame the students and run the classroom in a more efficient, studious manner.I had six weeks and two formal observations to convince them I deserved tenure. The first such observation was terrific, the second was a disaster. As a result, it came as little surprise that at the final evaluation meeting I was told I would not be receiving tenure.What this means is that come June, I will no longer be an employee of Baltimore County Public Schools and will need a new job.I could nitpick and argue a number of things were in my path and that the levels of support from different elements within the building were not all they could have been. But the bottom line remains that somewhere along the way I lost the faith of my principal and she made the move she felt would be best for the school.On the one hand, this is a major ego-crushing blow. Five years into my new career, I didn’t think I would be at this crossroads. I invested a tremendous number of hours into learning and training in addition to actually working as hard as I knew how. I see the growth, and I continue to see the growth and a clear path to delivering what was needed.I have been networking and applying for positions in nearby counties, private schools, and even local community colleges. It’s early so I have to remind myself not to panic as the days go by without an interview offer. I have also been reaching back into publishing, more for freelance writing assignments so I can keep an income stream maintained while seeking the next great gig.This is far from where I imagined I would be at this stage of my life and I have to adjust to the realities around me. We’re beginning spring break today and the rest will surely do me some good. After that, I teach until June 17 and hope something good comes along.