I’m a new teacher at a nice private school. I have one of my co-worker’s children in my class. So far, I had not too much interaction with her. She has the reputation of being unhappy with her children’s teacher and often going to the admin about them. She’s been a teacher for years, so the admin always takes her suggestions super seriously. During open house, she came to my room. First off, I was very nervous. At my last school, I did not have to give a presentation in front of the parents. I gave my powerpoint, and she and her husband asked several questions (her husband was condescending). I did not know the answers to a few questions, and she supplied the answers herself. The next day the admin calls me in to their office about what I said at open house and basically goes point by point by what I said. They point out what I said wrong. They said I should run my class more like Mrs. X’s class (the co-worker) because her class runs so smoothly. My partner teacher says Mrs. X loves to run to admin for everything and likes getting co-workers in trouble. Today, I was at recess duty. My partner teacher was having detention when one of the admin walks in holding a test I graded. The admin is confused about why I wrote re-do on the test and let scratched out a few of the “x’s” on wrong answers. My partner teacher explains how in the first 9 weeks, we give children the opportunity to retry their test questions if they failed. I scratched out a few “x’s” and grades because I did not know the procedure. My partner teacher said the child’s name on the test was Mrs. X’s child. First off, I don’t know why the admin had to go to my partner teacher about my grading. Luckily, my partner teacher defended me. But, I think it’s unprofessional to have discussed it with my partner teacher(she’s teaches another class, she’s not a co-teacher). Second, I am getting really unhappy/frustrated with Mrs. X’s running to the admin about every little qualm she has about me. I don’t know if it is really Mrs. X running to the admin though most of the evidence clearly points in that direction. I am not really sure if I can confront her because I don’t have any real evidence that’s it’s her. Another incident happened during a game today in class. Some kids were out of the spelling game and supposed to be sitting in their desks. A boy was swinging between desks and accidently hit Mrs. X’s child. The girl had a complete meltdown and I sent them both to the office. The principal told me to email to document the incident. She emailed me back saying she’s is going to contact Mrs. X. Now, I don’t know Mrs. X will think or what she will say to the admin. I’m unhappy. I feel like every day I am under a microscope. If I mess up in anyway, the admin most certainly knows about it. It’s hard for me to be perfect since I am completely new! Thoughts? Am I overreacting? I know I am assuming that Mrs. X is complaining about me, but I don’t understand why she can’t ask me directly and has to go over my head to the admin (especially when we are co-workers and work in the same building!).