Hey everyone! This is my first time posting, I could really use some support...
I am an elementary school teacher in my fourth year of teaching, but my first year in this school (same district though). I'm due on February 5th and REALLY would like to take the rest of the school year off to be home with my baby, and return in September. Money will be tight when my FMLA runs out, but my hubby and I will be able to make it work.
The problem is, my new principal has mentioned numerous times in passing all of these amazing teachers who went out on maternity leave and came right back after 6 weeks to "be there for their class". They also made a point to tell me today that my incoming class has had "little stability" in the last two years and need a caring compassionate teacher and that's why they chose me. While that's nice to hear, all of this is making me feel completely anxious over a)telling them I'm pregnant and b) that I want to stay out the rest of the year.
Anyone else going through something similar? Is it wrong of me not to go back? I care deeply for my students and want the best for them, but my baby is only going to be a baby once and I would absolutely love to spend his or her first 6 months at home with them.