Teacher Continues to Search For Work Following Pole Dance Controversy
It’s that time of year when students and teachers are getting ready for the start of a new school year. There is one teacher who will not be returning to the classroom though. UPA spoke with Marina back in June regarding the controversy at the former Catholic school where she taught surrounding her pole dancing hobby. It was clearly expressed to her by supervisors that this activity (which she participated in only during her personal time) was frowned upon. She subsequently resigned and has been looking for work ever since.
It has been about two months since we featured her story and as another school year approaches, she has not been able to secure work. The job market is limited and positions that are available seem to be located too far away. She has gone on two interviews in the past few months but was turned down for both positions. She isn’t certain if her presence in the pole community has been influencing this difficult process or not.
“I’ve been very discouraged and disappointed,” she says. “My thought is that due to pole, I’ve really shot myself in the foot as far as my teaching career goes.” Marina was at the Great Midwest Pole Dancing Competition this past weekend where she competed in the Regional Elite Division. Despite admitting that her passion for pole dancing may be a potential roadblock in her career, she is clear when she says she has no plans to quit any time soon. “It’s what I do for me. It’s my therapy…And, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the sport.”
She is still searching and applying for jobs at the moment. She has begun to consider alternatives. There are teaching assistant positions that may be easier to come by as well as more convenient. She also speaks Spanish which is a skill in high demand. “Teaching is all I’ve ever done…. I don’t know what else to do career-wise…. In the meantime, I’m going to keep at it. Best I can do.”