Two of the English teachers were transferred out, to be replaced by two new teachers from elsewhere. There was probably a farewell/welcome party sometime during spring break, though I didn't hear anything about it. (I just can't imagine that there *wouldn't* be.)
Starting around 3pm, the English Department had a meeting to decide which teachers would be in charge of which classes. I mainly just sat there and listened, since my classes are decided for me. Apparently it's in my contract that I have to have 20 classes per week; the other teachers divided the total class hours among them to average about 15 hours per week apiece.
The time schedule hasn't been made yet, so I don't know what days any of these will fall on, but currently I'm signed up for:
In total, I'll be working 19 hours with 5 different team teachers, plus the workshop (solo, it seems). The really bright spot in all of this is that I'll only be working with the teacher who frustrated me so much last year for one hour a week. However, the class that I turned into my fairytale class last year doesn't appear to be on the schedule, sadly enough. (If it is, it's going by a title I don't recognize.) I wonder if the teachers voted to discontinue that class at one of their other meetings. That's too bad, because it was the one class that got me really excited as well as being the one in which the students expressed that they were interested in the content.
Other things were discontinued as well, including the English Speech Contest for middle schoolers and the English Seminar. They wanted to discontinue the two-day English Workshop during summer vacation, but they had advertised that in their PR package so they couldn't back out of it.
If I heard correctly, there will be another departmental meeting sometime soon, probably after the time schedules are worked out.