Onashka Hernandez

This is my first year in Abilene. Previous to this, I was working in Austin, and I was a member of Education Austin. My mother has gotten older and needs help, needs taking care of, so I left Austin and moved to Abilene. When I was hired, I was told I was being hired with stimulus money and that the stimulus money was going to come to an end but that other positions were probably going to become available, and I could be able to get into one of those positions. I don’t think the administration had any idea what was coming down the pike, and so here it is nine months later, 10 months later, and I’m being laid off or nonrenewal of contract, because I’m technically a probationary teacher, since this is my first year with Abilene ISD. You ask me what I’m going to do next year. I have no idea. I have no idea. I’ve been teaching for 16 years, and I just really don’t know.