Ok, so I will be a first-year teacher going in to sign my contract for next year, I will be teaching science. I’ve never really signed a professional employment contract before and I don’t want to go into this blindly. First, I want to ask if I have any room to negotiate salary? I don’t think so since our state has a pre-determined salary schedule. I will be teaching science and science teachers are hard to come by so maybe I have some leverage? Probably not. Second, are things like health insurance and time off a given in the contract? Seems like they should be. Lastly, are there any documents I should take with me and what did you wish you knew before signing your first contract?