I am the primary teacher of the classroom. My name is on the report card. I make the lesson plans myself with NO HELP from her, but still, the in-class support teacher has some major control issues. She takes over the second she walks in and leads the classroom. She insults me on a daily basis in front of my students by saying, "OH! You should have been a librarian! You shouldn't be a teacher. You shouldn't be in education. Be a librarian so you can read your books happily." That I can deal with. When I do things my way, she gets mad. When I do things her way, she pins the blame on me if the lesson isn't successful. If I can't stay after school because I have to pick up my niece, she lectures me about how it's not my child and how I shouldn't bother. If I miss my prep to help out when we're understaffed, she gets mad at me and says that I shouldn't be helping so much. I think she's a spy, too. I didn't know that our VP isn't a fan of guided notes. So, the support teacher stole my lesson plans and notes and gave them to the VP. The VP never told me that she had those stolen lessons, obviously, but I thought it was very weird: the VP observed me for a literature circle lesson, NOT a guided notes lesson. But during my post-observation, she kept talking to me about guided notes and how they're too elementary. I also saw them on her desk. So my colleague has been snitching on me, it would appear. She also gossips about me to everyone in the department. All the other English teachers don't want anything to do with me. Anytime they see me, they're always like, "Oh, there's the girl that loves literature too much!" I've been trying to be kind and understanding, but today was really the last straw. I was suffering from the flu for two days, and she got so mad at me for not being there because she didn't know what to do when I wasn't there. She just sent me a tirade of an email about how I "scamper" around in the mornings rushing to put a lesson together. I have no idea what the heck she is talking about! I confronted her about my lesson plans and told her that I will be taking the baton from now on. I want to take the reins. This is my class!! At this rate, I honestly don't care if my contract gets renewed at this district, but in case it does, would it be terrible if I request not to work with her next year? Am I doing the right thing by being a little more assertive? I'm just scared if she complains to the VP that I'm not being a good sport, and I'm not in the teachers' union yet.