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Pink is My Favorite Color...or NOT


I am asking my readers to forward this information to help my friends. Thank you. Regards, C.


Pinked SlippedTuesday my husband was given a pink slip from Belleville High School. He is history teacher and social studies teacher. He is tenured.

I was shocked

The schools in Michigan are handing out a lot of pink slips including: Flint 257, Detroit 600, Pontiac everyone, Lansing 170.

Last year at Belleville High School, (where he teaches) they didn't let enough teachers go so in October after the enrollment count they had to redo classes.   Mike was not one of them.

When they change the class sizes some students go and some classes are dropped and it is disruptive. So this year they are letting 90 go and then hiring back.

If you are pinked slipped and hired back you can still be let go in October after the enrollment count.

Can you stay unstable?



I don’t want your sympathy but your advice, prayers and help.Boo hoo

I want to see if Social Media (which we all hail) can get my husband a job.

 In Tennessee

Most of you know I am from the South and we have hoped to move back there when we retired if not before.

So I am asking you if you know anyone in Tennessee, the Nashville Area to please pass along my husband’s name.  We have looked and there are 5 History teaching positions available in the Nashville, Williamson County Area, which he is applying for.

However, it is not what you know but WHO YOU KNOW.

A little bragging:

My husband is an outstanding teacher. Every year his classes fill up and if a student is removed for scheduling issues…mom and dad demand they be put back in Mr. Caulk’s class.

Mike does all of his lesson plans on Power Point, uses YouTube and the news this week by Uncle Jake.  He is a fun, and an engaging history teacher. Making the subject  come alive for his students. 

Everyday at school for 5 years, he would check out the over-head projector so this year, the administration bought him one.  I can count on my ONE hand the days he has missed in the last 6 years, even returning the day after he had stints put in his heart. 

Social Media is more than Twitter, more than FaceBook it is like attending a Chamber of Commerce meeting that extends outside four walls.

Can Social Media help find Mike A JOB?

They say if you want to adopt a baby tell everyone you know. So I am telling everyone I know.  Any help would be so appreciated, especially if you know anyone in the Nashville area that teaches, a principal or works in Administration. ( If you do I will email you his resume.)

When one door closes, another one opens so we are thinking and hoping this might be an open door to move and settle in TN. First of all we are believing God will open a door if we are to move forward with a job in Tn.  But, we know He works through people, so hence my appeal to you here on Activerain.

I figure if Jay McGullicuddy can find his birth mother and Brad Andersohn his brother,....

ALL things are Possible on Activerain.



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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • May 03 2009 01:32AM


Hi C - I'm not in the right neck of the woods but wishing Missy and her husband the best of luck in the job search.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks Carolyn. Surely with all the reblogs someone will know someone.

I'm excited to see if Social Media works in this aspect.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Thank you, Margaret. I wish I could do more.

Missy, you are very welcome. We are determined to get the word out.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I have relatives in Tennessee, I will forward to them.  You never know.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Sharon, that would be lovely. Please contact Missy for her hubby'e resume, just in case. I'm thinking of doing the same because I have a few military friends who may be able to keep an eye out for them.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I'm so sorry for Missy's husband, C. My husband got the pink slip last Thanksgiving, and he's been freelancing. It's not like he's going to find another job at a newspaper regardless of relocation, either. I hope Missy's husband finds work. Networking online is a great way to begin a search. It's very kind of you to post this for Missy.

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 11 years ago

I don't know anyone in Tennessee myself, but we can always try to help get the word out and do what we can.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Elizabeth, I am sorry too. This is a tough market and job losses are mounting. Recession or depression, the end result is the same. People struggling to readjust and survive. I'm working three jobs trying to give the wee ones a nice life. Nothing can be taken for granted in this day and age. I hope someone can help.

JL, getting the word out is very important. It only takes one person to pick up he phone to get the ball rolling. I hope someone knows someone else who can assist them.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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