I'm writing as a parent. School started Monday, July 30th. My youngest daughter began 8th grade. That night, I read the "Welcome" letter to parents from the history teacher. It was riddled with spelling, word usage, and grammatical errors, had the wrong year in the date, and did not include the teacher's name in the closing. I stopped counting just the spelling and grammatical errors once I reached 15. I was appalled and wrote a note back on the separate signature sheet that I would meet the teacher during Back to School night on Thursday. I gave a heads-up that I was considering transferring my daughter to another class. The Back to School night consists of parents having only 10 minutes per period. During this time, the parents sit at the student desks and the teacher gives a semi-formal presentation to the parents. This history teacher was not done with the group from the previous period. He was slowly going over self-explanatory rules which were displayed from his PowerPoint to a video screen, one rule at a time. Instead of letting the parents quickly read them, he talked about each one. He went about 5 minutes over time. That meant that our group only had 5 minutes. Of course he didn't finish on time. I left for the next class when the bell rang. Before and during the presentation, he was quite rude and arrogant. He said that he was the empiror of the class. There was no democracy here. He was not going to cover geography because that isn't on the STAR (state) testing, so even though geography is important to US History (at least he conceded that), he wasn't going to teach it. I felt very uncomfortable while there. My instincts told me this was not a good teacher for my daughter. Instead of going to the Physical Education period, I visited the other US History teacher. She also taught the class 4th period, the same as which my daughter has it. She was wonderful. Her first words were "I love history" and "I love teaching!" She would be covering geography as it relates to history. She was enthusiastic, cheerful, and very positive. She had many years teaching experience and had mentored my favorite teacher in the school. On Friday, I left a voice mail message with the principal telling him I wanted my daughter switched to the other teacher, but I did not explain why. I said the purpose was not to disparge a teacher, but to get the best education available for my daughter. The principal called back, but he did not leave a message. I was subbing that afternoon, so was not using my cell phone. My 12-year-old daughter is upset that I want to change teachers. She has adjusted to this teacher and has completed a lot of homework for his class. It might be easier if I had her support, but that will not deter me. What if the principal states that he will not transfer my daughter to the other teacher? What are my options? Do you have any advice, either as a teacher or a parent? Thank you.