Hello to all. I'm sitting here drinking a cold beer counting down the hours, minutes, seconds, until the new school week begins tomorrow morning. I should start by saying that I absolutely love my job as a kindergarten teacher and I have no real complaints or gripes. i understand that I will get worked this year, that I will be tired, that I will stay long after the last teacher has left. I can deal with that. I am wondering if there is any advice or suggestions anyone can give me about getting to know other teachers and staff. My school is pretty big. About 40 teachers K-5, many aides, administrators, and parents. I feel that up until now, I have made no real connections or friendships with any of my fellow teachers. Nothing beyond the obligatory hello or how was your weekend. I do not consider myself an introvert, or even really that shy, I just feel anxious about being the new person on campus. I feel there is this pressure to meet everyone, to say HI to everyone, to somehow develop some sort of working relationship with those I see everyday. Everyone at my school is extremely nice, I cannot say an ill word about anyone. I am worried about not fitting in I guess, not being comfortable as the new guy. I am worried not only because I am not making friends, but also because I want to be a good fit in the school and in the community as I think this will have an impact on whether or not I am allowed to stay on after this year. It would be nice to hear from other males who are new, but of course I would value and appreciate any words of help or advice. Thanks.