After being out of the classroom for ten years, I reentered as a first grade teacher at a very challenging school. I knew coming back would be difficult, but I'm slowly finding my way and figuring things out. I'm open to feedback and ask for help when I need it. For the most part, my school has a positive climate and the staff is very kind, understanding and helpful. We all have big jobs to do and we work as a team to help our kids. However, my teammate is very difficult and I'm not sure how to interact with her. In general, she has a very strong personality and is very black and white in her approach to teaching. She does not accept criticism well and I've never heard her admit her mistakes. She has been very rude to me. For example, before school started, we had a lot of meetings and our principal told us to come at 8 to school to start the meeting. Keep in mind that I had spent hours working in my classroom during the summer. I was unaware of contract hours being new to the district. For some reason, the district fails to tell you the important things. I walked into my classroom and my teammate said, "I was wondering if you'd be coming to school today. Contract time is 7:30 and you're late." I went in my room and just bawled as result of her comment and just being overwhelmed. Another time we were entering interventions for students and for some reason I couldn't remember what biweekly meant! My brain was jumbled. She said, "Biweekly means twice a month not twice a week. Duh?" She also got upset with me because I didn't ask our office aid to staple our math assessments. These are just a few of the comments she has made. The other day I made doggie treats for my dog and brought some in to share with her dogs. She said, "I can't give these to my dog. She's overweight as it is." No thank you at all. I try to ignore her most of the time and only meet with her when I have to. I'm not really being a team player but I'm tired of being abused. I dread our team meetings not only because she's nasty to me, but she talks very negatively about the kids...how low they are, how their parents don't help, how they talk too much, etc. I get negative about my kids when I'm with her and I DO NOT want to go that route. When I have a question, I ask someone else from another grade level or support team. I'm doing the best I can to figure out this whole teaching thing again and have enough anxiety as it is without having to work next door to someone so difficult! Any advice, ideas, thoughts?