I know this will be long, but I'm desperate. I don't know what to do anymore. I began teaching my first year in the middle of September last year. I was given a very difficult class, and it was my first time teaching, much less inner city children who had incredibly low test scores and VERY poor behaviors. I was given the class with no prior warning, and my requests for a mentor teacher were never honored. I was told by others to watch who I talked to, because many teachers in the school simply wanted to see the new ones fall on their faces. I didn't ask for much help, but I did to my grade level chair, whom I was told by my principal to talk to about needing help. My first month was pretty difficult. Students were in my face, screaming at me, cussing at me, telling me that no white teacher was going to tell them what to do, and threatening me with physical violence. They continually threatened others with physical violence as well, and I obviously had one child who had autistic tendencies and parents who refused to have him even tested, much less have any help. He was a terror, running back and forth across the back of the room claiming to be "Batman!" Nothing worked for him, and nothing seemed to work for the others. The first month, I was given a letter of caution, telling me to listen to the other teachers (I had been), to send out weekly newsletters (took them 2 weeks to get copies, and I was unable to plan that far in advance being a new teacher to the group and not allowed to make copies for myself), and to create an environment conducive to learning. He told me that my room was "quite frankly, ugly." I had taken everything down and made it all uniform due to the suggestions of the SPED teacher across the hall, because I had half of my class with ADHD, and what the previous substitute teacher had up was too distracting. Yes, I came in after a month and a half of the students having a sub... That didn't help anything, either. At this meeting, he told me to get it together or he'd have to find someone who could. After a few weeks, he agreed that things were better and told me to keep improving. That was the end of it. After Christmas break, I had 3 more evaluations. I had been told by the principal to never expect above a 3, because he doesn't give them for new teachers due to the fact that he was told that if he valued his job, he wouldn't do it. I expected 2s and 3s. I was scored at 2s and 3s. He gave me one last evaluation before the assistant principal gave me 2, and he gave me 2s and 3s and one score of 1 for the management subcategory. My kids had just gotten in trouble in lunch, came from a nontraditional schedule that morning, and had a difficult time adjusting to centers for math. Yeah, I understood they were a bit off for behavior, but not worthy of a 1! I was upset, and he talked to me about it and yet again, threatened that if I couldn't get them under control, he'd have to find someone who would. This was right before spring break. I finally got tired of being threatened with my job, and after spring break and time to think, I went to him and asked him what his intentions were. He told me he didn't think he would rehire me next year. We discussed management, and I told him the kids had gotten much better, which they had. I also explained test scores had skyrocketed! Students who were scoring well below grade level were much closer to grade level, but he said it wasn't good enough and I was making excuses. All of the other grade level teachers with me had similar scores. None any better than my own. He told me I don't "mesh" with "their type of kids." He also told me my best option would be to quit so I could obtain another position easier. After the conversation, I emailed him and asked what I could do to fix it and keep my job and be rehired. He never responded, and any time I saw him for the rest of the year, he literally ducked into another teacher's class to avoid me. He gave me my nonrenewal letter 8 days later than it was written, and he just said I wouldn't be there next year. I just took it, refused to sign anything, and left. My teacher's union was no help, because they just kept telling me to do what I felt was right. I went back to him and asked if he would give me a negative reference, and he assured me he would not. I asked him to write a letter, and he said he would. I gave him three days, and I asked him if he had the letter written, and he said sarcastically that he didn't think he was going to do that, and he felt more comfortable just having me include him as a reference, and they would send him forms to fill out. He would fill out the forms and turn them in. I left, knowing he was giving me a poor reference more than likely, but I didn't quit. I fulfilled my contract, came an extra day to clean out my stuff, and tried to find him to talk to him about this stuff. Again, he was in his office when I came in, but nowhere to be found 10 minutes later when I left. Since then, I have had 2 interviews that went extremely well. The principals have actually followed me out the door shaking my hand, and I didn't get offered either position. I don't know why, and I haven't asked for fear of looking unprofessional. I don't know what to do. I haven't had a phone call about a position since, even after visiting schools, handing out resumes, and applying, emailing, and calling several schools. I'm just so frustrated and scared. I can't make my finances without a teaching position, so subbing isn't exactly an option, and I can't work for this district again for at least a year per their policy for nonrenewals. Sorry this is so long, but I really need some help! Thanks!