Hi! I'm new to this board, and although I'm not a teacher, I am a speech pathologist, and I work in public elementary school. I apologize in advanced if this is not the correct forum to be posting this in. It was between this one and Teacher Time Out, so I wasn't sure which was appropriate. I've worked at the same school for only one school year, and it was my second placement. I enjoy the work, the students.... everything! My case load is not overwhelming, but enough to keep me busy. However, last school year I began to encounter some resentment from other teachers and fellow staff. I'd like to get a bit of perspective on the situation from actual teachers. The problem that I'm facing is that I don't have to do any of the other duties that the teachers have to do. Things like staying after, mandatory meetings, lunch duty, morning duty, etc. A lot of times when you are contracted with a school, there are responsibilities that are given to you (sometimes without pay). However, my situation is different because I am working underneath a placement company. Meaning, I am not contracted by the school. Since the school isn't signing my checks, I cannot be asked to full fill any of the duties I would if I were contracted by the district. While this is great for me (and no added pressures or unpaid duties) it is causing some animosity between myself and my co workers. I'm one of the two only SLPs in the school, and unfortunately, the other SLP is not contracted by a company, but the school, meaning that she has morning duty, and had to volunteer for Spaghetti night from 5-8 pm unpaid. All of these things in a series of other duties, mostly volunteer. It's getting a bit awkward because that SLP, and several teachers have made it clear that they don't feel like I am carrying my own weight. It's very difficult for me because I would love to be on friendlier terms with my coworkers- Every time I sit in the lounge or go to pick up students from their classrooms, I feel a lot of tension. It's not apart of my imagination, because I have had many a rude comment shot my way, in my earshot. It's SO frustrating. I am a young SLP and I hate that I am in the center of such a strong resentment. I feel like I'm not in the "club". I feel so silly for harping on it- I should be focusing on my kids and how to help them and cater to their needs. Instead, I'm caught up in all of this work related drama, but I feel like it is affecting the way I do my job. I try to be an upbeat person, but this tension is really wearing me down. I hate how others feel as though I'm not doing my part or doing less than I should. I'm not a saint, but I do care about the school and my kids. I posted here to get a fresh perspective. My SLP friends say that this is typical when you are under contract, and to just ignore it. I've considered transferring out, but I do love the school and the kids. Also, I can't predict what things will be like once I start school again (still on break now) but I'm already dreading it. If it's anything like this last year, it's going to be pretty tough. I hope this post doesn't come across as teacher bashing- not at all! Not all teachers at my job are treating me poorly, just a large group. II just wanted some advice on how to handle this situation. Thanks and excuse the late post! I'm a night owl!