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Resigning from Gepik
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:00:15 am »
Hi everyone,

I hope you are doing well :D
Need some advice....
I am seriously considering resigning from my Gepik contract.  The situation at my school has become almost unbearable as my main coteacher this year seems to have nothing else better to do than borderline harass me (late night texts complaining, early morning messenger complaints about every single class I have with her etc etc etc...I could go on and on but that's neither here nor there.  I feel tremendous anxiety and stress coming to school as I know I will have 7 messages waiting for me of complaints).  All teachers agree she is being unreasonable and unfair (she is a Korean English contract worker and IMO those are the worst)...but I don't see the situation getting any better throughout the year.  It will be a constant struggle, since she is my main handler and obsessed.

This is going to be my last year anyways in Korea and I figure from a mental health point I need to just quit.  I have been with the school for over 4 years and just signed a contract in February.  I know I have to give 60 days notice yet I'm not sure what else gets forfeited (I just received the 1.3 million won as a renewal bonus)  as there isn't a lot of information in my contract about it. 
What about my 900,000 deposit and severance pay? 

ALSO...I just moved (and paid 5 million won deposit) for a new place....
Will the deposit be returned...usually?

I am so discombobulated and sorry if this message scattered.  I'm truly at my wits end.

Any help regarding the Gepik/rental contract would be greatly appreciated :D





Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2021, 09:11:12 am »
I'm not GEPIK, but you will still get your severance and any other monies owed. If your contract has a completion bonus that should cover your renewal bonus, I think. Not sure about your apartment deposit though. Before you quit, maybe talk to the head teacher, vp and/or principal. Show the texts and messages. Tell them you will quit if you have to work with this nutter. And yes I agree the contract teachers are the absolute worst, usually. Good luck hope you get it all straightened out.


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2021, 11:14:48 am »
Definitely speak with the higher ups about her messaging you.  I would block her outside of working hours.  Actually, I'd just tell her straight out to not message you outside of work hours.  Being your handler in no way makes her your boss.  A regular Korean English teacher is not even your boss.  Just the V-P and P.  If you don't want to stay, then move on.  But a contract teacher hassling you should be a problem that can be fixed. You definitely have more muscle than if she was a permanent Korean teacher.  I'm sure if you could sit down with your V-P, and a trusted translator if necessary, and make it clear you will leave if she doesn't stop harassing you, you'll see some action. 

Also, you may have some problems getting your key money back if you just signed a contract. 


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2021, 11:44:00 am »
As far as I know, you should get your severance and 900,000 back (check the contract, it has something in there about how they calculate severance if you resign). However, you will need to pay back your renewal bonus if you've already received it (or the flight allowance but I figured you renewed), which is 1.3 million. As for the housing contract, I'm not sure. You may need to pay a fee to break the contract; I would consider joining some expat facebook groups (like "every expat in korea" or "expat women in korea") and ask about it there, since more people in those groups have their own apartments.

If you want to try sticking it out, first try talking to your VP and principal about it and if then nothing changes, I would advise you to contact the gepik coordinator or find a way to contact the supervisor of your district's English department. What she's doing isn't okay and she deserves to get in trouble for it, you shouldn't be the one losing out. If all of the other teachers agree that she's being unreasonable, they can back up your complaint and maybe something can be done about it. She might be not fired, but under threat she might seriously change her ways. And even if they don't back you up, I think that just the fact that she's sending you messages at night outside of work hours would be enough to get her in a bit of trouble. Don't delete any messages she sends you and if she's berating you in person, audio record the conversation to use as proof. But if ultimately you think leaving is what is best for you then I wish you the best of luck.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 11:49:54 am by njarlson »


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 11:48:04 am »
Severance is calculated yearly plus change after the 1st full year so you're fine.

Bonus for completing the previous contract so you'd just not get an exit allowance/flight money.

I'd tell this teacher to not message you outside of work hours and i'd forward all cool messenger chats to the entire contact list of school staff.

Also tell the VP/Principal about the situation. You're more important than the Korean teacher despite what some might think. Good luck finding a new native teacher in the current climate. You hold all the cards.

Life's too short for this carry on. I bet if you handed in your notice calling this **** out the school would have you new furnishings in your apartment in no time.
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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 12:14:56 pm »
I went in today as usual and she told me that she had been thinking about me all weekend and she had a bad weekend because of it....She said our classes together are not good... 

Our first class together she sits at the back of the class with a clipboard and writes shit down furiously while I'm teaching which just made me so nervous and angry.  Then when I'm taking up the dictation she yells/scolds me in front of the class saying she doesn't want me to show them the answers in that way and keeps loudly sighing.  The class got tense and no students wanted to answer (she is their homeroom teacher and they are scared as hell of her) during the following class activities.

I have never in my life been treated like that professionally!  It was humiliating!  She said she is going to have a meeting with all the other English teachers regarding my poor teaching!  (I have been teaching for over 15 years and have never received this kind of treatment or disdain).   I have wonderful classes with my other teachers...they participate and engage and have fun and have never complained or had a bad word to say...and if something doesn't fit we fix it together.

She just sits in judgement in a chair at the back of the class and constantly ask the class..."Jaemiopseoyo? Jaemiopseoyo?  Don't you want a game? "  Not helping at all....not making the situation different...just complaining and making it worse.

So I guess there will be a big meeting about my shitty classes with the other English teachers later this afternoon.  I am so dejected and angry.  I think that she wants to give me a warning letter about my classes (not joking).  She is that type of person.

I truly hope I can get some of that key money back from my housing....will be going over my housing contract tonight with Papago!


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2021, 12:23:11 pm »
I went in today as usual and she told me that she had been thinking about me all weekend and she had a bad weekend because of it....She said our classes together are not good... 

Our first class together she sits at the back of the class with a clipboard and writes shit down furiously while I'm teaching which just made me so nervous and angry.  Then when I'm taking up the dictation she yells/scolds me in front of the class saying she doesn't want me to show them the answers in that way and keeps loudly sighing.  The class got tense and no students wanted to answer (she is their homeroom teacher and they are scared as hell of her) during the following class activities.

I have never in my life been treated like that professionally!  It was humiliating!  She said she is going to have a meeting with all the other English teachers regarding my poor teaching!  (I have been teaching for over 15 years and have never received this kind of treatment or disdain).   I have wonderful classes with my other teachers...they participate and engage and have fun and have never complained or had a bad word to say...and if something doesn't fit we fix it together.

She just sits in judgement in a chair at the back of the class and constantly ask the class..."Jaemiopseoyo? Jaemiopseoyo?  Don't you want a game? "  Not helping at all....not making the situation different...just complaining and making it worse.

So I guess there will be a big meeting about my shitty classes with the other English teachers later this afternoon.  I am so dejected and angry.  I think that she wants to give me a warning letter about my classes (not joking).  She is that type of person.

I truly hope I can get some of that key money back from my housing....will be going over my housing contract tonight with Papago!

Honestly, at the meeting just start crying and telling her directly that all the other teachers have no problem with you. If you're really keen on going out, name the specific things you do with the other teachers in class and mention EXACTLY how it goes well, and then bring up EXACTLY what happens in shit-mongers class to the other teachers.

People hate confrontation here and this will let EVERYONE know exactly what shit-monger is doing to you and let all the other good natured teachers that you are good natured with everyone SAVE shit-monger.

I cried once when my Co-T laid into me and it embarrassed HER. I wasn't even doing it on purpose, I'd just had enough.

Clear that air so that EVERYONE knows EXACTLY what's going on. If she interrupts, just tell her it's not her turn and that you're the one on trial.

The other teachers need to be shown clearly and publicly that they're together in not having a problem and that shit-monger is the odd one out.
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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2021, 12:40:43 pm »
I went in today as usual and she told me that she had been thinking about me all weekend and she had a bad weekend because of it....She said our classes together are not good... 

Our first class together she sits at the back of the class with a clipboard and writes shit down furiously while I'm teaching which just made me so nervous and angry.  Then when I'm taking up the dictation she yells/scolds me in front of the class saying she doesn't want me to show them the answers in that way and keeps loudly sighing.  The class got tense and no students wanted to answer (she is their homeroom teacher and they are scared as hell of her) during the following class activities.

I have never in my life been treated like that professionally!  It was humiliating!  She said she is going to have a meeting with all the other English teachers regarding my poor teaching!  (I have been teaching for over 15 years and have never received this kind of treatment or disdain).   I have wonderful classes with my other teachers...they participate and engage and have fun and have never complained or had a bad word to say...and if something doesn't fit we fix it together.

She just sits in judgement in a chair at the back of the class and constantly ask the class..."Jaemiopseoyo? Jaemiopseoyo?  Don't you want a game? "  Not helping at all....not making the situation different...just complaining and making it worse.

So I guess there will be a big meeting about my shitty classes with the other English teachers later this afternoon.  I am so dejected and angry.  I think that she wants to give me a warning letter about my classes (not joking).  She is that type of person.

I truly hope I can get some of that key money back from my housing....will be going over my housing contract tonight with Papago!

This is absolutely awful. I totally understand if you want to go home, but if you can, try to fight back! Even if you still decide to leave, she still deserves to receive proper punishment for her treatment of you.
Like I said, start recording ALL of your conversations with her (and maybe even your classes if she is causing so many disturbances). If she thinks you're a bad teacher, you need to prove that she is doing nothing to work with you to make the classes better. All she does is yell at you or tell you things to put you down (that weekend comment was out of line and harassment, she should not be saying things like that to you while at work even if she hates your guts). If you have to sit down with the other teachers, show all of the nasty messages she has sent you, explain that she even messages you at night when you are not at work, and explain in detail that you are trying very hard, but she is refusing to work with you.

First, if she is your coteacher, she shouldn't be in the back of the class. SHE is supposed to lead the classes; according to our contracts, we are only meant to be assistant teachers. Obviously this doesn't always happen, but if she feels so strongly about how the classes should go, then she should do her job and actually teach.
Second, if there is something she wants you to do or a specific way she wants her classes taught, it is her responsibility to meet with you to plan what you will do for the lessons. If she isn't willing to do that, then she cannot get angry at you. If she dislikes how you teach, it is her responsibility to sit with you and maturely explain where she thinks you could do better.
And third, explain in either the meeting or in your complaint if you decide to make one that you do not have these issues with the other teachers you teach with, it is only her. Which, again, leads back to the conversation of if she really thinks your teaching is so bad, why is she not trying to sit down and plan with you, and instead only harassing you? That doesn't help anyone.

I know it's really difficult but if the other teachers see that she is also being unreasonable, then I would bring this up. Don't wait for her to try and drag you down. If you have any kind of even slight relationship with any other teacher in your school, explain your situation to them and request that they help you bring these issues up to the principal before she can try to twist the narrative to make you look like the bad guy. And, again, begin recording every interaction with her (as far as I know, this is legal as long as your voice can also be heard in the recording) so everyone can hear the way she talks to you.

Either way, whether you decide to go home or fight back, I hope things go well for you. I'm sorry you're going through this.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 02:01:03 pm by njarlson »


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2021, 01:27:37 pm »
DON'T CRY!   It may have worked here and there because it made things awkward but it'll be a very short term gain most times.  They will absolutely lose respect for you and think you're being melodramatic.  School issues are not something they expect you just to break down and cry over.  Be politely and firmly assertive and state your case.  Had my main teacher years back bust into the English office and just start bawling because the VP had given her crap.  The after school teacher and I are were just kind of looking around and eventually with an audible sound of disgust the other (younger female) Korean teacher grabbed a handful of tissues and consoled her half-heartedly.   CO2, hadn't your GF at the time split, which is also what was on your mind?  Stand your ground and call her out on her behaviour and let them know, without making it seem like an ultimatum (another potential backfire,) that you're more than willing to leave if the situation doesn't change.  You don't even need to be confrontational.  Just lay out the facts respectfully and firmly.  Most of them could never contemplate walking away from the job, so the fact that you could do that often doesn't occur to them when they create these situations.  They have to put up with it.  The fact you have another option and you'll be jaunting off while they pick up the administrative pieces is often a wake up call. 


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2021, 02:02:49 pm »
If you're a guy don't cry. For women, well it might work, I've seen one teacher weep after an argument with and administrator..


Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2021, 02:10:23 pm »
She just sits in judgement in a chair at the back of the class and constantly ask the class..."Jaemiopseoyo? Jaemiopseoyo?  Don't you want a game? "  Not helping at all....not making the situation different...just complaining and making it worse
You've got her.

Just keep on telling the VP and Principal "She just sits in the back and tells me what I'm doing wrong. She doesn't teach the kids. Ask the students about her in class."

Checkmate. She's a contract teacher. They aren't paying her to sit on her duff and just judge you.

Don't get distracted from any other point. Focus in on that like a laser and keep hitting her with that: You're the one standing and teaching. She is the one sitting and commenting. She'll be lucky to have a job after that.

Good luck in that meeting. I hope this wasn't too late.  :sad:
« Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 02:13:45 pm by Mr.DeMartino »


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2021, 02:35:30 pm »
OP I was in a similar situation a few years ago. This CT was also my main handler. I just persevered through almost the entire year until I'd had enough and talked to the Head English teacher. Showed her the messages and explained what was happening. Told her that I refused to teach with this teacher, and if she did come to class that I would go back to the main office and she could teach by herself. I wish I had spoken up earlier because it turns out that she had been treating other teachers the same way (including screaming at them in the office). I was incredibly lucky that my VP and other co-teachers were very supportive of me and knew what I was actually like.  This teacher ended up having her contract cancelled early.

So as others have suggested, talk to the higher-ups if you are able to. Bring the receipts. Odds are if she is like this with you, she is the same with others. There's no guarantee that you'll have as positive an outcome as I did, but you should at least try before jumping straight to quitting. I hope everything works out for you.


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2021, 02:38:32 pm »
You've got her.

Just keep on telling the VP and Principal "She just sits in the back and tells me what I'm doing wrong. She doesn't teach the kids. Ask the students about her in class."

Checkmate. She's a contract teacher. They aren't paying her to sit on her duff and just judge you.

Don't get distracted from any other point. Focus in on that like a laser and keep hitting her with that: You're the one standing and teaching. She is the one sitting and commenting. She'll be lucky to have a job after that.

Good luck in that meeting. I hope this wasn't too late.  :sad:

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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2021, 02:56:45 pm »
My man Tino coming through with the goods when needed.
I dunno, looking at the clock and when I posted this and when the meeting happened, I'm worried I was too late. dippedinblush should be walking into this full of confidence and ready to put this teacher in a position to beg her for her job. I mean, if she's a contract teacher, she already has close to zero support at the school. The other teachers aren't going to stick their necks out for her. Now add the fact that she was sitting at the back and not teaching- she's done for.

Seriously, I wish I could be there to see the look on that CTs face when dib says "Korea teacher, just sitting. Not standing. Not teaching. Just sitting in chair. Ask students." Oh the look the Principal and the VP would immediately have and the look that would come over that CTs face would be some joy. The great part is you know the CT would instantly start flailing with excuses and accusations, which would only make her look more guilty.

Within 30 seconds of that, dib would be told "Thank you, You can go now. I'm sorry." by the VP and P, which would be followed by silence as you walk out and when that door closes, then the boss ajosshi/ajumma style yelling at the CT would start. Then you'd probably get some disapproving clucks by the union Korean Teachers and some sympathetic glances in the teachers room. Oh would it be delicious.

FYI for anyone in a similar situation in the future
1. Make sure you have your shit together. If you're going to war, make sure your paperwork is up to date, you are showing up on time, you're getting everything done.
2. Korean contract teachers are NOT the same as full union teachers and the full union teachers generally don't have much use for them unless 1) They know them personally 2) They're well-liked which means 3) They know their place.
3. In Korea, that whole appearance and laziness thing works both ways. Sure they can come after you, but you can also go after them. If your CT is just sitting in the back grading papers or not doing much, they are NOT supposed to be doing that (contract teacher only, union...much more difficult because even though it is wrong, they won't go hard on them or back you over them).


Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2021, 03:04:49 pm »
I feel like this person's name starts with an 아. I had a bad one a while back, and hopefully it isn't the same one. It was so bad that I found out the old NETs name, emailed him, and then called him to chat about her style, or lack there of.


Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2021, 07:03:59 pm »
So apparently I was not privy to the "English Teacher's meeting".   I had told one of the co-teachers (who doesn't like her) last week of everything...includ ing me wishing to quit unless she stopped harassing me.   A few weeks ago she was displeased with our class not talking on zoom and said she wished to have the materials I was going to use given to her prior to class... DONE...  Then she wanted a lesson plan included... DONE.  Then she wanted a monthly lesson plan, not only for her class, but for the other grades....DONE.   Then she wanted the previous months materials, weekly lesson plans and monthly lesson plan.  She asked for this on a Monday and I was required to do it asap cause the principal and other teachers wanted it.  I stayed until 9:30 on Tuesday (finishing in total 16 lesson plans)... DONE

Then she told me I needed to have all my vacation accounted for (including the winter)...

Everyday there is something.  Everyday there is something wrong.

ETC.

Demartino.....unfor tunately she is a homeroom teacher.  They can't just write her off.  Ohh and apparently she warned them she was going to quit when we earlier got into a minor argument about me being fingerprinted at the door...she said I was uncooperative and unwilling to work with her (bullshit)..

Guys...I thank you so much for all your advice and encouragement today.  I felt so horrible coming to school as I knew it would (the harassment would continue) and I didn't have the strength to deal with it anymore. 

Everyone's comments and suggestions made me feel so much better and gave me courage.  In fact I was listening to Bob Marley in my English room (thank god for my English room) and I heard "Get up, stand up, stand up for your right"....and I was reading your comments and so so touched and incredible grateful this forum exists.

Tomorrow will be hell.  I know it.  She twists everything and manipulates....(the other English teachers still have no knowledge of her "performance" in this morning's class).  I didn't even know if I should mention it to her as there were no witnesses in the room I am assigned to and I was so livid at her behaviour.

I don't know what will/could be resolved tomorrow.  Like I said...at this point I am 95 percent done.  She is the type of person that will never say sorry or acknowledge any wrong-doing..or bend in any way. 

I am not looking forward to tomorrow at all, as I know it will be a circus and I will have to make a decision whether to stay or leave.

It just breaks my heart, as I know I will have to say goodbye to the students and other good teachers at my school who have done nothing, and I will be adding to their workload.  But I will NOT be bullied and I can't live this way.

Thanks again guys.  I am so appreciative for all of you today.  I needed it so much.  Take good care.  Also sorry for my poor English....I'm not paying attention to grammar or spelling at this point  :-[

« Last Edit: April 12, 2021, 07:12:18 pm by dippedinblush »


Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2021, 07:49:35 pm »
I was bullied once by a boss back in America (a long time ago in my early 20's). Nothing I did was good enough. I broke down and cried (in front of her), and I became really insecure. If I've learned anything, it is that you absolutely have to stand up for yourself. It doesn't mean you have to fight. You just have to be assertive and state your case. Don't cry in front of her or she'll probably bully you even more. She could be a narcissist or she could be picking on you in order to build herself up due to some insecurities. Therefore, remember not to take her comments personally. Good luck!


Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2021, 12:57:41 am »
Also keep in mind you donít have to give 60 days notice. If you get everything sorted to leave before that then do so. They donít deserve any consideration and it wonít effect your severance package. Sorry about your shitty situation.


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2021, 12:48:36 pm »
Hi everyone,

I hope you are doing well :D
Need some advice....
I am seriously considering resigning from my Gepik contract.  The situation at my school has become almost unbearable as my main coteacher this year seems to have nothing else better to do than borderline harass me (late night texts complaining, early morning messenger complaints about every single class I have with her etc etc etc...I could go on and on but that's neither here nor there.  I feel tremendous anxiety and stress coming to school as I know I will have 7 messages waiting for me of complaints).  All teachers agree she is being unreasonable and unfair (she is a Korean English contract worker and IMO those are the worst)...but I don't see the situation getting any better throughout the year.  It will be a constant struggle, since she is my main handler and obsessed.

This is going to be my last year anyways in Korea and I figure from a mental health point I need to just quit.  I have been with the school for over 4 years and just signed a contract in February.  I know I have to give 60 days notice yet I'm not sure what else gets forfeited (I just received the 1.3 million won as a renewal bonus)  as there isn't a lot of information in my contract about it. 
What about my 900,000 deposit and severance pay? 

ALSO...I just moved (and paid 5 million won deposit) for a new place....
Will the deposit be returned...usually?

I am so discombobulated and sorry if this message scattered.  I'm truly at my wits end.

Any help regarding the Gepik/rental contract would be greatly appreciated :D





If all the other teachers know your co teacher is a physco bitch ask if one of them can become your co teacher in charge of you.  Explain to them that for revenge she'll prob give a fake bad evaluation and you will not be able to renew your contract.  If they like you and want you to stay then another teacher had better take over being responsible for you.  But otherwise, if she's crazy, just ignore her and push back.  You can still stay the year.  She will prob non renew you anyways since she's crazy and is probably a racist foreigner hater anyways.  Sadly, you get these ignorant bigots sometimes and the education office won't let you write an evaluation of her which they should along with an appeals process.  Korean teachers can review us but we can't review them.  Seems racist to me. 

Anyways, just enjoy your year and keep working.  The more she pushes, push back.  Delete texts that come in after 6 pm without looking at them.  Or you won't check them until 8 30 the next business day.  If she's playing head games with you, just ignore her.  If she will try to non renew you at this point she will do it anyways.  Just keep going to work knowing you're leaving when you are done and not give a crap.  That will remove the stress.  Besides, the pay is too low nowadays to put up with that crap.  China and Vietnam are easy to get jobs and public schools are plenty with more pay and less stress (no deskwarming and longer vacations).  Check the China job board and convert the money to Korean won.  But I have seen 23,000 to 28,000 RMB (3935829.00 to 4791444.00 Korean Won) per month offers with free housing, free lunches, and flight reimbursement.  (It is also the law that you can send money home on a legal Z visa though you may have to argue with a lazy teller and bring some extra paperwork each month.  But you can send home a lot more money each month.  Here maybe 500,000 won.  There 2.5 to 3 million won a month.)  Either way, Korea isn't the best deal in town and if some employers want to be jerks and pay low wages, screw em.  What do you need them for?  You can stay here if you want.  But, it's nice to know you have a plan B.  It removes much stress.  Go in everyday without giving a crap about her and push back when she tries her xenophobic foreigner hating nonsense.  You have other better paying options you can jump to.  Don't worry about it anymore. 


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Re: Resigning from Gepik
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2021, 01:07:17 pm »
I went in today as usual and she told me that she had been thinking about me all weekend and she had a bad weekend because of it....She said our classes together are not good... 

Our first class together she sits at the back of the class with a clipboard and writes shit down furiously while I'm teaching which just made me so nervous and angry.  Then when I'm taking up the dictation she yells/scolds me in front of the class saying she doesn't want me to show them the answers in that way and keeps loudly sighing.  The class got tense and no students wanted to answer (she is their homeroom teacher and they are scared as hell of her) during the following class activities.

I have never in my life been treated like that professionally!  It was humiliating!  She said she is going to have a meeting with all the other English teachers regarding my poor teaching!  (I have been teaching for over 15 years and have never received this kind of treatment or disdain).   I have wonderful classes with my other teachers...they participate and engage and have fun and have never complained or had a bad word to say...and if something doesn't fit we fix it together.

She just sits in judgement in a chair at the back of the class and constantly ask the class..."Jaemiopseoyo? Jaemiopseoyo?  Don't you want a game? "  Not helping at all....not making the situation different...just complaining and making it worse.

So I guess there will be a big meeting about my shitty classes with the other English teachers later this afternoon.  I am so dejected and angry.  I think that she wants to give me a warning letter about my classes (not joking).  She is that type of person.

I truly hope I can get some of that key money back from my housing....will be going over my housing contract tonight with Papago!

You better yell back at her and tell her how unprofessional she is yelling at you in front of the kids.  I'd have walked out on her and gone straight to the VP or P and complained about her lack of professionalism and incompetence.  Her sitting at the back writing about you is one of the oldest intimidation tactics in the books. 

If the other teachers claim she is nuts, they should back you up.  If she gives you a letter, rip it up and write a letter warning her of unprofessionalism writing down every single stupid thing she did and ask her to sign it.  Throw it back in her face.  Also write down that she gave you no help and sat in the back of the class. Sometimes living in Asia you have to be assertive or folks will walk all over you either bluntly like this nutter or more passive aggressively like many others.  It's sad, though there are plenty of great co teachers and great kids here.  I would refuse to sign it period.  Admit nothing and see if you can complain to the city supervisor at the city education office.  (Don't bother with co ordinators, they are completely useless and circle jerk regurgitating whatever the teacher says quoting the company line.)  Stand your ground and write down right now every single bad thing the co teacher did or said to you and also what she did while you were teaching.  Immediately, once she starts hurling bs at you, you hit her back with accusations against her.  You look the other teachers in the eye and remind them how they told you she was crazy if they try to throw you under the bus.  You ask them if they will take her side now after claiming to take yours before.  Ask them if they are people of high character or low character?  Ask them if they are siding with her because they are racist and the foreigner is always wrong?  When you're going down anyways, might as well go nuclear.  You got nothing to lose.  Being a wall flower letting them walk all over you won't help you anyways it seems at this point.  So, you might as well counter punch with accusations.  It also helps if you yell at her bad behaviour, get emotional, and even cry when throwing the racism accusation at them if the other teachers side with her.  Making sure to throw a couple of "how dare you"s into the mix.  Make sure to walk out on them after tearing up at the end if they are not taking your side.  Claim you thought you knew them better than this and that you thought they were better than this.  You also through the tears state the unfairness of this workplace bullying and intimidation and the treatment of you is extremely racist.  (But only do these last parts if the other teachers side with the crazy teacher either complicity via their silence or or openly agreeing with what she said.)  If you are getting a written warning and she is trying to get rid of you, then go to the mattresses.  Might as well go out with a fight and so un nerve her she might think twice before doing this again to another waygook.  Or at least she will have a bad reputation in the schools and at the education office.  Also after this, file a complaint with the local education office against the teacher also alleging racism and foreigner hate as well as intimidation and workplace bullying.  Also find out if you can contact the national human rights commission here?  Go full nuclear if she puts a written warning on you with the support and backing of the other teachers.  If it doesn't get that far, then obviously don't go nuclear.  Just defend yourself.  If you do leave, just go to China and work a public school.  Make more money with less work and tell them to get bent.  Plenty of better paying jobs with less bs to put up with.

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Good luck.  I hope you can make it work for you.  Be strong and psych yourself up for a potential battle.