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Created by Michel Demyen: May 16, 2015 7 replies
Teachers and Employers who bully other teachers at work..... Has anyone ever experienced another teacher violating their privacy by contacting previous employers? Or have you experience threats by other teachers at work such threatening to beat you up? I've recently had similar experience in the workplace and was wondering how others may have coped with the situation? The administrative staff does not speak very good English so that is problem right there, because they don't understand what is going on, or don't care...I'm sure which.

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Anna Sycewicz: May, 17, 15
OMG, Which country do you teach in? Or wchich school? Don't you have anyone to help you out? I can't believe things like that actually happen. Maybe try to translate the situation in google for the staff members. Good luck.
Anita Perez: May, 25, 15
I'm so sorry you are going through this. I have a masters in counseling though I have chosen to teach English. My training allows me to pick on a lot things. Expats can be an extremely unhealthy bunch. I see a lot of alcoholism, racism, and plain old emotional immaturity. And to top it all off, you just don't have the support and protection of western world systems. Your rights can be violated and you are often on your own. Hang in there.
Michel Demyen: Jun, 7, 15
I work in Eastern Europe in a small international school that is privately owned. There are two huge problems here...the bullying and threats came from a supposedly certified American teacher!!! And the other problems is the lack of experience and respect from the current woman who is running the school, She is a local and doesn't understand nothing about education! We think she just woke up one day and thought, hey I'm going to have a school....most of the family and friends do not pay tuition, and there is something fishy going on with the budget.

Michel Demyen: Jun, 7, 15
Thank you Anita. I never completely understood just how bad this school really is until I was in the thick of it per se. However, the administration here, all local women, blame the teachers...no surprize! For some strange reason they don't think the American male teacher is doing anything wrong by bullying and threatening others. I know in other schools or in the US this person would have been fired! Karma....
Marc Hodgson: Jun, 11, 15
Hi Michel,

Unfortunately, I've met many malicious so-called-teachers since I've been teaching. These types basically have no morals or standards and aspire to the cheering of their drunk crowd. They push themselves up by pushing other people down.

There really is no solution, but they will hit a wall in life one day. There's a saying that I've found to be very true in life: "Birds of a feather flock together." You've found yourself in a micro-network that is not sympathetic to yourself. I would simply leave, and try to spend more time interviewing the next employer and their staff.

Liking co-workers in the ESL industry is the exception, and not the norm.
Maria Angellis: Apr, 24, 17
Yes, and you must put a stop to this. Many teachers who work abroad have surpassed anger.
Marc Hodgson: Mar, 27, 19
Yes. I've experienced harassment at work before. Primarily from very clique, almost cult-minded, younger graduates. (Also power trippers that are older and believe they are the boss simply based on age.) Some groups of teachers require the Chicken Pecking Order scenario to maintain the cohesiveness and unspoken "chain of command" for the rest of the group. They generally need one person to be the outsider, so everyone else feels better about not being that person. (It's also a form of entertainment for the more bankrupt of them.)

I've also experience unethical teachers who deliberately sabotage another teacher because they've got a buddy they would rather get the job for.