Two years ago I was emergency certified and hired in a subject area which was similar to my endoresement area. I was hired two months after the school year had started. The students had had two substitute teachers, thus continuity or clear expectations for these students were not set. When I was hired, the teaching mentor who was assigned to me was the teacher I was replacing. After being in the position for which I was hired, this same teacher had resigned a week before the school year started to take a position at the district level. She had been in this position for 7 years, and had built a repore with the students, many of them I felt resented the fact that I was their new teacher and their previous teacher had "abandoned" them. Also, upon being hired in this position I was basically told by my mentor to teach the cirrculum she had taught. Being in my late 30's I felt very stiffled as if I had no say. I also resented the fact that the same teacher who left these students and district in a bind was still "in charge" of what I taught. Thus I rarely asked her for help. Now here is where the waters get muddy. When I was hired I was a first year teacher. The principal would come in and do his mandatory evaluations. All of my evalutions were excellent. Yet two months before the end of the school year I was asked to resign so they wouldn't have to fire me and put my future teaching career and license in jeapordy. When I was asked why I was being asked to resign the only answer I was I given was because they didn't feel like I was qualified for the position, plus I didn't seek help from my mentor. Is my being asked to resign common? Does my situation sound common? Why would I be given glowing evalutions, plus least I forget, outstounding letters of reference from the very people who decided I needed to resign? Before this happened I had never been asked to resign or was never fired from any position. As a first year teacher this was devasting to me. Plus I have yet to find another teaching job. How do I handle my being asked to resign at my next teaching interview? I would love to hear from anyone who has been in a similar siutation.