I put in my letter of resignation, like I was advised to do, after the principal said that she was not renewing my contract. I guess it wouldn't bother me that much, except I've been more or less unemployed since last school year. I have a tiny freelance writing business, but if I had to depend on only that, I probably wouldn't be able to pay the bills. I applied for unemployment but was denied because I "quit my job." I didn't really have a choice; a non-renewal would have destroyed my teaching reputation; at least that's what I was warned about--being non-renewed is almost like committing some kind of crime; it's very hard to find another teaching position after that. It's not like a regular lay-off. I don't really understand why the unemployment people don't take that into consideration. To be fair. I realize that perhaps teaching isn't for me. I was completely upfront with my employer about having a disability, and the training still went by in a blur. I was still put in a position where I didn't know where to turn to get help with what I didn't understand, and I basically struggled blindly through the school year. I feel like they treated me unfairly, but I probably couldn't win a court case, so why not just move on? I signed up for help from vocational rehabilitation, but I wonder if I'm really going to get any help from them in a timely fashion. It's already been six months or more, and I still don't have another job, except for the freelance writing gigs I find on the internet. My savings are pretty much spent. I'm really discouraged. I didn't get a teaching degree just to sit around my house and look for work any high school student could do. Not to say I wouldn't be happy to have it, and pretty much any job right now, but I would prefer something I can do. I think I did what I was supposed to do. I registered with employment services, joined a teacher's union, and even signed up with vocational rehab. I don't know what other steps to take.