A Little Bit About Myself: I am a veteran teacher, who has been teaching secondary school for about seven years. Although, I've taught a bit of everything as a substitute,which I did for two years after graduating from college. I work hard and care about my students more than anything. I do hold them to standards, and if they don't meet the objectives, they fail the class. I teach ELA and Speech. I've taught at two schools: one for three years and the other (current) for four. All of my evaluations and walkthroughs have been exemplary. Also, I've never been fired or laid off from a position (any job) until now. The Situation: I was called on something but it was a minor infraction. I panicked and initially lied about it. Then, I admitted to it. I do know that it was wrong to lie. I admitted to the whole thing and feel awful. It undermined my relationship with my administration and betrayed their trust-a critical element in education. On one hand, I was told I couldn't be trusted and on the other that they had compassion for me and I had done great things for the school. The History: However, I'm not certain if this is really why I was asked to resign. We have an administrator who singles teachers out and bullies them. I've been one of these teachers. I know this person has been trying to get me let go since I was hired. He/She has threatened and went to the higher ups on multiple occasions but nothing has stuck. He/She has accused me of being too hard for my students who have special needs or are ESL. (I am one of the only ESL teachers on campus who actually loves teaching ESL) There were conversations with me about not passing certain athletes and not referring certain students to the office, despite the fact that they had cussed me out in front of the class. I also caught this admin doing a students homework for him when I went to drop something off in the office...the list could go on. And finally, I had a really tough last year. Essentially, last year, I divorced my husband and my dad died. I just wonder if they think I'm a sinking ship. I admit it got bad (graded papers late and didn't communicate as much with parents) for a little while, but I've pulled myself together. Questions: How bad is this? Are teachers allowed to make mistakes? Has this happened to any of you? What did you do? What would you do? Does this mean that I will never be able to teach again? What is the best way to explain this to a potential employer? I'm not angry with my administrator but completely confused and broad-sided. Thanks in advance.