About a month ago I started working a full time teaching position at a private school. I have had the past years off to be a stay at home mother, but before that worked for about 5 years. As part of my new role I teach a yr 4 class one whole day each week. I was left no plans, suggests, nothing as to what to do with them so have been slowly making things work. I have started building a good relationship with the children. However the teacher I am covering that day is not impressed with how I take the class. The other year 4 teacher and I have had friendly chats but then she has clearly been turning them into negatives when relaying these chats to the teacher I replace. The teacher I replace has spoke to me about what I should and should not be doing in regards to behaviour management and brings up the fact I have not worked in so long, clearly as a negative point. Basically these two teachers are very clicky and not very friendly/welcoming. One theory I have is possible jealously...the one I have chatted with has just returned to work after maternity leave and has her child in childcare and the one I replace is pregnant so will be going on maternity leave at the end of the year. I have tried my best not to let it get to me until the Principal called me in for an 'urgent' meeting. The teacher I replace went and told the Principal how horrible and incompetent I am with the students. I was absolutely shocked and did not know what to say. I worked with each grade at the school and have had nothing but wonderful feedback from the other teachers and students. I am now being required to observe the teacher I replace (then what is the point of me being there to replace her if she is teaching anyway!?) one session each week....because she is a ten year veteran (she graduated the year after me) and I have a 'lot to learn' from her (I have a bachelor and a masters). The Principal has also basically said when my contract ends in December that even though the position will be extended I most likely would not be offered it. I am so hurt and upset that this has happend...this is my career and I feel like there is nothing I can do about it. I absolutely love the school, the students (my child goes there which makes it handy too) but these two teachers have just made my one day in that class absolutely miserable...and now costing me further employment. Sorry...I just needed to rant...have cried so much over this.