Hi Everyone! I'm sure this has been brought up numerous times so I apologize for the repeat. I live and teach in NJ. I'm currently finishing up my first year at a school for students with Autism. To say I had a difficult year would be putting it nicely. Before arriving at this school, I had six years of experience working with students with Autism as a teacher's assistant/maternity leave position. I looked elsewhere for a position because the school I was at did not have any teaching positions available. I landed this job and I thought it was going to be amazing. It wasn't. It was a completely different program that I was unfamiliar with (which they knew when they interviewed me), was asked to be trained (but never was), and was thrown into a classroom with severe behavioral problems. Normally, I would be fine, but at a school with a different program than I'm used to, I struggled. I wasn't even introduced to my mentor until two weeks into the school year. As the year went on, I thought I had the hang of everything. Should I have gone to my mentor with questions? Probably. However, I did not know the correct questions to be asking when I thought I was doing everything the way they were supposed to be done. As the year went on, I asked more questions and got feedback. My first two observations went really well. This one, however, I guess didn't (when my P didn't even come in to observe me so I don't know where this evaluation came from). I was told today that my contract will not be renewed for next year. I had a feeling that it wasn't so I had already started applying/interviewing. I landed a really awesome summer job but I still haven't heard anything for the fall yet. In NJ, would I qualify for unemployment if I don't find something by the fall? I've heard mixed reviews. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!