I hate to do this two years in a row but I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and I have to get out of my current school. I love having my own class and I'm lucky that my team is great, but my admin is awful and morale in the building is very low. People are terrified to speak up at staff meetings. After our last "pd day" I was in my teammate's room and at least ten people came in crying/upset about the principal's actions (teammate is a union rep). Sometimes I feel physically sick at the thought of going into work. I have watched good teachers being targeted. There are some big behavior problems coming up in the next class and the principal will not support me with them. I know that my admin does not like me but they have been forced to "leave me alone" because my data is so good. My teammate who has been at the school for 22 years is trying to get out too. I think that if I mention leaving my admin will "target" me next. I also do not trust her to give me a good recommendation under any circumstances. I will probably end up back in sped but hopefully in a better environment. I had thought I would stay because I wanted to remain a classroom teacher, but it is really not worth my emotional/mental health. How do I avoid having my principal contacted if I apply elsewhere? I am planning to e-mail my previous assistant principal and ask him if I can use his letter of rec from last year. My previous principal is no longer at the school and went back to teaching. We were each assigned an admin at that school and mine was the assistant principal, so I can honestly say he was my direct supervisor. I am using my teammate and an instructional coach from my current school. Unfortunately we don't have "department chairs" or anything like that so the only person I could list as a supervisor is the principal. Also, what do I say as reason for leaving? I love my new city and am hoping to get into another district around here. I feel like "not a good fit" might be a red flag, and I know you can't say anything bad about the school. I am applying to a few schools that follow the specific learning program of my old school and using the reason that I want to get back into that program. However, there are only a few schools in the city that follow the program and I'm sure they're highly competitive, so I will need to look at "regular" schools too. I'm also worried that it might look bad if I'm trying to go to my 3rd school in 4 years of teaching.