A Wake County school teacher resigned Friday in a scathing email pointing to low pay and a "feeling of absolute disrespect."
Melissa Taylor was a fifth grade teacher at Laurel Park Year-Round Elementary School in Cary until Friday afternoon.
The 13-year veteran said she told her bosses of her plans 30 days ago to allow them time to find a replacement. But she said she wasn't leaving without making it very public so parents and lawmakers would take notice of the reasons why.
"It hurt me to leave my kids. It hurt me to leave my staff," Taylor said. "But I promised all of them when I left that I would tell our story."
On Friday she sent the following resignation letter to fellow teachers, parents and lawmakers, including Gov. Pat McCrory:
To Whom It May Concern,
It is with great sadness that I submit my written notification of resignation from my teaching position with Wake County Public School Systems effective 3/14/14. I have found it more and more difficult to pay my bills every month and continue to fall further and further into debt, not to mention the feeling of absolute disrespect that I feel every time a new "expectation" is mandated for our classrooms while all of our resources are being taken away. I had no choice but to search for a job that will allow me to provide for my family and to pay back the thousands of dollars in college loans that I took to be a teacher. I find the condition of our education system in NC to be heartbreaking. It seems that our leaders and law makers have completely forgotten what is the most important thing here, the kids! We are failing our students, our teachers and our future. Please accept this letter as my official resignation from Wake County Public Schools.
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