I'm nervous about having a para this year. She's been at the school for 19 years and over 1/3 of the stuff in my room is labeled as hers. The way they had the room set up last year she was on the side of the room with all of the shelving and the smartboard! The principal said that since I'm the teacher I can set it up anyway I want, but I need to just keep in mind that another person will be in there. I moved her to the other half instead (which she doesn't know yet because paras haven't started) so that I could use the smartboard. Everyone says she is "the most overqualified para ever." I found a schedule from last year and she was doing just as much small group teaching as the actual sped teacher. I'm afraid she's going to think/act like she's the one in charge. I'm only on year 4 and obviously am significantly younger than her. How do I establish myself as the teacher without being mean or rude about it? I'm hoping that I'm just reading too far into things and it won't be an issue, but I want to be prepared. I did have a para in my gen ed room last year who was also significantly older than me, but it was her first job in education so she adapted easily to being in more of an assistant role. I didn't have any issues with her all year.