My co-worker, who was also not being renewed, called this year's parent/teacher conferences the gallows. I can attest to that. While I know that most of the teachers support me, every time one of them laughs or looks in my direction, I can't help but feel animosity towards the individual. The worst part is that it has been me in years past: tentative layoff notices have always come before spring conferences. I now know the lonely feeling that those other professionals had while sitting in the gym with all of their soon-to-be former co-workers. 

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