A resignation letter can be a long, depressing read of my backstory, so I’m glad to be of assistance if you continue reading and are guided by the stupidest and worst decisions I made.
Resigning from your job is quite a hard and bitter pill to swallow.
I know this because I have been teaching in the public high school service for around 11 years. You can see my previous post here. I have passed all the tests and the job interviews successfully, and preparing for the demonstration is quite challenging.
In my case, it was off-topic because my degree in secondary education was in physical education, health, the arts, and music, and the demo was about how to make money using your blog.
The thing is, I had my visual aid ready in the form of a tarpaulin printed somewhere; the measurement was around 3 feet by 5 feet. I guess I remember that – The power of photographic memory.
I did my introduction in front of a panel of students and teachers listening in front of me. This is how your public speaking skills occur: you face a crowd, and your only worry is whether you satisfy the audience.
After the demo teaching, there were some questions, some of which were technical, like if there was no electricity, how would that work? So I answered that the site is online 24/7 with no downtime, except at your place doing your work. You’ll have to save a softcopy and publish later or do it in draft mode, in which case you’ll do the publishing and editing later when the power comes back. Always prepare for contingencies, I said.
Now that I had been accepted into the service, I faced a new challenge. I was given a subject that had nothing to do with my degree. I was told to teach English in the second year of high school; there was no K-12 back then. Later, I taught ICT, blogging, and did some basic web development with WordPress.
Either I was overjoyed or I was unprepared. Because the machines in the school computer lab had different specs, I couldn’t test my web development on them, so deploying it would be tricky, but you get the idea.
At least the high school students I taught had a basic understanding of web development, so I decided to use WordPress.com’s free blogging platform. Another challenge: the internet was extremely slow between the years 2011 and 2013. They were able to obtain/create one, however, by using internet cafes outside the school and from their homes.
As the years passed, I was finally assigned subjects directly relevant to my degree in Physical Education, Health, Music, and the Arts, but something was missing: a lack of books, many of which were outdated and torn; I had to carryout some research on the internet; and, finally, I was entrusted to handle advisory in Grade 9.
Handling paperwork from enrollment forms, birth certificates, and request forms from other schools. This is quite daunting on my part too; the request process takes a while, then guiding students on their behavior in school, remediation, house visitation, and anything you can think of—just to keep the students inspired in learning and continuing their studies.
Even so, teacher educators like myself reach a critical threshold; I won’t dispute it! Your patience is being tested. The acid test just wouldn’t fit the bill to prove this.
Schools have administrators who come and go; principals come and go, and adapting and making adjustments to them can be difficult for some as they hold ideologies for school improvement.
Of course, it would take effort and time for that to sink in because we are all preoccupied and weighed down with tons of work, the significant proportion of which is completely irrelevant to teaching, but this is where going the extra mile and taking initiative comes in.
We all have initiatives, but when it comes to budgeting, they sometimes lack support from the school administration or upper management, and yes, we do spend our personal hard-earned effing emergency reserve money on teaching and supporting our students.
I’ve been in the same position for 11 years, despite having some training and seminars under my belt, and promoting yourself for a higher teaching position requires a master’s in education, as well as a blessing from your principal if you are his or her bet. (giggles) A recommendation is only a few steps away, and competition for positions is always fierce.
When your coworkers find out, anticipate some backstabbing, backbiting, sideswiping, and trying to compare. So I didn’t apply for any; for instance, bureaucracy, paperwork, and everything in between just add to your mental anguish!
For a strong start before the new year of 2023. Things get out of hand, but I’m not surprised or taken aback.
On December 20, 2022, I received an invitation from an online company looking for a social media manager. I passed the interview as well as the questions and answers portion.
This is when I decided to resign, despite the low pay offer, as long as I had peace of mind and my mental health was not adversely affected by office politics or toxic work environments.
I followed my guts.
But one thing is for sure: I gave it a try to craft one. This is how it looks, or craft anything creative that comes from your mind. Use your imagination.
Here it goes the format and contents of the resignation letter for teaching in public schools. Feel free to copy and modify to your preferences.
Cover for a resignation letter
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Education Region XI – Davao Region
Schools Division of Davao City
PABLO LORENZO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Mandug, Davao City
Tel. No. 305-5716
December 09, 2022
MARIA INES C. ASUNCION, CESO IV
Office of the Schools Division Superintendent
ROMEO E. TICAR, Ed.D.
Pablo Lorenzo National High School
Mandug, Davao City
Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation as Teacher I of Pablo Lorenzo National High School effective December 30, 2022. The professional growth I have made during my employment here will truly be memorable for years to come.
I am informing the office of a three-week notice to give and allow sufficient time for my replacement. Rest assured all necessary school documents, other confidential data, and information are all ready and accounted for.
Let me know if you have any questions, I am glad to be of help.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to work here.
FAUST-HAEJA CRISMEL S. PRINCIPE
After writing the resignation letter, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Address the letter to the head of the office
Address the resignation letter to the head of the office of your school principal and furnish a copy to the school division superintendent by following the format above.
Complete all forms, checklists, and clearances, secure them on hand, and have it ready.
5 copies of Division Clearance – CS Form No,7
5 copies of GSIS application form for retirement
4 copies of Approved Letter of Intent (resignation letter)
8 copies of Service Record with date of separation
5 copies of Ombudsman Clearance
4 copies Declaration of Non-Pendency of Case Form
4 copies of Certificate of Non-Pendency of Case Form (request from legal section)
5 copies School Clearance
4 copies NOSA with transmittal (from school/district)
4 copies of Latest SALN (Statement, Assets, Liabilities, Networth)
3 pieces of 1×1 ID Picture (attached to GSIS Form)
3 copies of GSO Certificate (from City Hall)
4 copies of Certificate of Last Salary (for implementing schools)
4 copies of Certificate of Last Payment (for Non-Implementing Schools)
2 copies PVP Report of the Current School-Year
2 copies Deletion Form
2 copies Latest Payslip
2 Copies Leave Card
2 copies of 2 Months Latest Active DTR
The Step 2: Resignation Letter checklists
Checklists and requirements marked “bold” are complied with. The rest remains pending because, since I was working in a private school, “I don’t want to raise any suspicion or do anything that would compromise my work with them.
The only thorn I find difficult to comply with is from the General Services Office (GSO) at City Hall. I have accountabilities from them for around Two Hundred Sixty-Four Thousand, Four Hundred Eight Philippine Pesos, or PhP 264,408.00.
I asked them how to resolve these issues, and they told me to recover the hardware, software, and other types of equipment. So what I did was write a letter and address it to the school superintendent, channeled through the supply officer, asking for permission to dig, search, and recover waste materials from the waste materials stock room.
Lifting, piling, as well as cleanup took time and effort, with sweat and dirt all over my face, try to imagine going through a mountain heap and layers of waste, plus some segregation and re-arranging for easy access and disposal-thank you.
Some were recovered, and some were not, so in this worst-case scenario, you’ll have to pay the exact amount or price indicated above because the local unit does not allow paying the depreciating price but rather the full price to avoid complications later on.
You may be wondering, “Why has this happened?” This had to be cleared before they let you go. To answer your question, I had a bad blood relationship with my former boss, so I had to rush things and do things my way.
Let’s continue anyway.
Once I found and replaced the lost items and equipment, I had some issues with the license optical disks; they were nowhere to be found. What I did was have a backup copies of ISO images and burn them on the CDs (I don’t know if they’ll accept this; I’ll have to clarify with the GSO about it). I turned it over to the waste materials in charge.
We did inventory checking, and when it was done, I turned over the waste materials in their good hands, ask permission to the supply head, and left the supply office.
The waste in-charge informed me that he would send me an SMS or text message sometime in the first week of April 2023. Did you notice what happened next? I waited until May or June 2023 and received no response from him. I attempted to text him but was unsuccessful. So I left it behind indefinitely.
I was duped by the online company that hired us in Illinois, Chicago. On the first week of January 2023, I received a low training salary; the remaining weeks were unpaid. My social media manager colleagues mentioned that their pay was inadequate. Disappointments were racking up in my mind. I’d never felt such misery before.
I didn’t notice the red flags. There was no video presence in the first interview, only audio. Second, how did they discover I existed? I don’t recall ever applying with them. Third, the salary was not released on time, the contract they sent earlier was a sham, and the salary is too low for a social media manager in the Chicago area when compared to job standards.
I did this a while ago while working for a private school. I sought permission from them to discuss the situation I was in, and my private school principal understood as I shared my experiences.
Another problem is popping up: my previous loan from a private lending institution, One Network Bank, has a balance of around Twenty-Six Thousand, Five Hundred Eighty-Four, and Sixty-One Centavos, or PhP 26,584.61. My balance as of July 5, 2023 is PhP 27,643.68. It was such a coincidence that they called me up earlier today, on July 5, 2023, to follow up on my financial obligations, and I owe them around PhP 11,000 in lapsed payments.
To break it down, if I pay PhP 11,000 less from PhP 27,643.68, my balance will be PhP 16,000, which is a lot of money for a jobless person on a job-hunting spree like me!
So, if you ever think of getting loans from banks, I advise you to think twice; (but for business and asset purposes, that would be great! But other than that, doing the opposite spending—I discourage you) they could be hideously sneaky tactics (would you like to make a reloan). Read the agreement you signed with them carefully.
Some of the issues were resolved, while others were not; I wasn’t imposing myself. I have no desire to please other people since they rarely reciprocate.
I was working with people during my time at this small private school, and everything was going well until something unexpected happened. The principal’s office contacted me to discuss my performance, which they were dissatisfied with.
In my honest opinion, I did my best to help the school. Of course, there are those who observe in the background and tell the other side of the story, but keep in mind that unnecessary job requests that are not related to teaching can be declined.
You know who I am; I will go above and beyond, but please respect my boundaries and allow me to rest. I’m not a serf. Given the sensitive topics involved, I will not go any further.
So I decided to resign once more! This sort of thing happens!
Here’s another format for your graceful exit copy that you can tweak as needed.
Faust-Haeja Crismel Principe
Masagana St. DDF Village, Mandug
Davao City, Philippines, 8000
June 26, 2023
Alvin D. Ligan, MM, RPM, SMRIM
Askaps Academy, Inc.
Block 9, Spring Valley, Buhangin
Davao City, Philippines, 8000
Dear Alvin D. Ligan, MM, RPM, SMRIM
I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign from my position as a teacher at Askaps Academy, Inc., effective immediately.
Although my time at Askaps Academy was brief, I will always remember a valuable experience. Working with such a dedicated team and engaging with such enthusiastic students has been truly rewarding. I have seen firsthand the dedication and passion that the faculty and staff bring to their jobs, and I am grateful for the knowledge and insights I have gained here.
Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances have forced me to reconsider my professional goals and make this difficult decision. While it is difficult for me to leave behind the wonderful environment and the connections I have made, I believe it is the best decision for my personal and professional development at this time.
I would like to thank you, Alvin D. Ligan, MM, RPM, SMRIM and Vanezza D. Ligan, LPT, MAED, and the entire Askaps Academy faculty, and staff for the warm welcome and support I have received during my tenure. The collaborative and nurturing environment here has had a significant impact on my teaching style and professional development. I will always cherish the relationships I have formed and the knowledge I have gained.
Thank you for your patience and assistance in this matter. I am confident that Askaps Academy will thrive and remain committed to educational excellence. I wish the school, its hardworking faculty, and the students continued success in all of their future endeavors.
Thank you once more for the opportunity to be a part of the Askaps Academy community. I will take with me the valuable experiences I gained here as I embark on the next chapter of my career.
With heartfelt gratitude and best wishes,
Faust-Haeja Crismel Principe
As of today, I am unemployed and looking for work; my only source of income is prayers, guest posts, sponsored article placements on a seasonal basis, and an ended in failure Facebook ad marketing expert. Be doing it yourself instead, with no assurances from my previous mentor! I now have your money. Such a rip-off, hahaha.(sarcasm, kidding)
Don’t be afraid to try things your own way; you could perhaps succeed. I have always had. Make preparations some spare funds or an emergency savings to cover day-to-day expenses. Perform some side jobs or side hustles. Don’t give up the search. In any situation, keep challenging yourself as well as rise to better yourself.
Good luck on your journey; don’t forget to ask the universe for something; stay positive; and a rainbow will appear after the storm. And remember to always give back, you jerk!