For the last 25 five years, I have been the English teacher at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery ?Board of Cooperative Educational Services' Alternative High School. I was a part of a team of professionals that educated students who were considered "at risk" for dropping out of high school. Our graduation rate was consistently above the state and national averages. However, the program was in need of some changes. One change made by the administration was to require that the English position be filled by someone who was certified in English and social studies. As I did not fill this requirement, I was out. By virtue of my seniority, I had the opportunity to "bump" a colleague from his or her position and remain employed by BOCES. I chose to resign rather than disrupt another program. I miss my students and truly hope all of the changes are working to their advantage.