I taught about two years ago and it was not a good experience. There was absolutely no help or guidance (very long story). Many things occurred but at the end of the day I was released from my contract with no prejudice. I may have an opportunity to teach in another county, however, I must provide a letter of reference from my principal. 1) How should I structure the letter where I am requesting a reference? (doesn't seem that a typical format would work in this situation) 2) Obviously, I will not be at the top of the list of important things for her to do....what is the protocol for follow-up? 3) I am braced to receive a negative reference letter; however, if anyone has thoughts or suggestions of how to turn a lemon into lemonade I am open to your comments. Thanks in advance for your help.