Last year my district had a big RIF and I was let go. Officially, I was RIF'd but my superintendent told me that he had walked by my classroom once and seen inappropriate behavior and said that I had a problem with classroom management. I was shocked because all of my evals/observations during the year had been very good. I didn't think it was fair to judge me that way (based on one instance) and I thought it was an anomaly. Surely my next admin at my next job would be more fair. I spent this year with a new district and never had any classroom management issues. Again, my evals/observations have all been fine. Students, parents, and the other teachers all give me praise. I've been very happy. My district has decided to lay off non-tenured teachers and decide over the summer who they want/need back. So, I was non-renewed along will the rest of the non-tenured teachers (just like last year at my old district). I went to my end of the year evaluation hoping my principal would give me some reassurances that I'd be hired back since, after all, I've heard nothing negative all year. Nope. He told me: 1. I never come to him with any issues. Instead, I go to the other teachers because I "want to look like I know everything." 2. My plans are excellent but I leave out components. I don't pace myself well and I run out of time. (Keep in mind that I teach resource room so I have kids coming in and out all the time. I can't just extend the lesson a few minutes if they took a little longer with a concept so there are times I have to cut things short and save it for the next day). 3. I lack enthusiasm when I teach. He wonders if I'm not comfortable with the curriculum or the kids. This is particularly ironic to me because the last time he was in my room one of my students spontaneously said to me "You're the best teacher ever" and the other kids agreed. Plus, I have to say that I always amp up the enthusiasm when he's in the room to an almost unnatural degree because I know he's said to me from the beginning that he wants an enthusiastic teacher. So, I got no indication whatsoever that he's considering rehiring me. He went so far to say "You should apply for your position when you see it listed but I can't guarantee you anything so you should continue to apply elsewhere." I'm so upset. How could, again, I have positive evaluations all year and it end on a negative note? If there were problems, why lie to me all year and tell me everything was fine? I just don't know how to go through this again with a new district - spend all year giving everything I have, being reassured by positive evaluations, and being let go in the end in a conversation filled with negativity. Maybe I'm just not cut out for this. I clearly am not recognizing what I'm doing wrong since I feel like my kids are learning, they are responding well to me, and I'm giving everything I have. Yet somehow, two districts in a row see me in a negative light. I'm losing faith that this is the profession for me, even though I still love to teach and can't imagine doing anything else.