I was not rehired at my last teaching job and was exhausted with this constant "reduction in force"- my last 3 teaching jobs ended this way. This last one really did me in. As many of you know, I took a job as a teaching assistant/first grade/ in class support-special education. I took the job because it kept me in the loop and working- hoping that if a regular teaching job came up in the school or district, I'd have a foot in the door. It did not turn out well.
My original post, http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,24480.msg409177.html#msg409177
, explains what happened, but the bottom line was that I experienced the awful backstabbing of my co-worker. I still am troubled by this and keep questioning myself, "what did I do to have her, my principal and the director of special education, turn on me like that?" Maybe nothing, but it happened in my last two placements (same district). Perhaps in the first instance, I was overzealous, and the team teacher was stressed out with the beginning of the year, but the last one-- I just keep searching my soul to figure it out.
Anyway-- I finally found a maternity leave replacement in a HUGE district. It's a perfect fit and the principal seems down to earth and I'm excited to work there. She was encouraging about this leading to a full time position or other long term leave placements too- so all is good. It's only a five month position, but I intend to give it my all.
I obviously don't want to fall into the same situations I had in the past, where I was "attacked". While babysitting my DGD I picked up a book on my DD's table- "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Hmmm. I'm going to get the book- heck it's a classic.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for forming professional relationships that are friendly, but keep me from the attacks I experienced in the past?