This is really sad that so many new teachers don't get the support they need. And it seems like a lot of new teachers end up non-renewed after their first year, which is ridiculous because the first year is so much more difficult overall. That said, I was really fortunate my first year. My mentor teacher was amazing, my team worked really well together and were super supportive, and I got tons of support from my admin. The whole year was a struggle, but I never felt like I had to figure it out on my own. My mentor was always ready to jump in and model something for me; I actually had him do coaching cycles with me for almost every subject and it was incredibly helpful. I did find out this past year that apparently that gave the impression that I was unprepared or needed a lot of help (like I couldn't do anything on my own) when my thought process was that I wanted to learn how to teach certain things really well the first year while I had the mentorship support so I didn't have to struggle the next year, but oh well. I still have a job, so whatever. Having support is great, but apparently taking advantage of it can send the wrong message, so new teachers are in a tough spot either way.