Well, okay, technically I didn't get fired. But my P decided not to renew my contract. Along with FIVE other teachers. He gave no reason. He said, and very snidely I might add, that he doesn't have to give a reason since they are an at-will community and it's only a one year contract. What kills me is that the reason I was let go is because he doesn't like me personally. It has nothing to do with my teaching. As a matter of fact, I double checked all my evaluations over the course of the three years and I got very goods and excellents on everything. He even told me a month ago what an outstanding teacher I was and that he has no areas of concerns regarding my teaching. This P is a control freak and doesn't like teachers who question decisions he has made. I questioned a few things, always respectfully, and it always ended with him getting an attitude with me. Very unprofessional. The good news...the parents are FURIOUS!! I have gotten over 30 emails from parents letting me know that they have requested meetings to meet with the P and the priest about their stupid decision to let the five of us go. My seventh grade class even sent a really long, respectful and well-written letter stating reasons why I'm a great teacher and that they demand I be hired back. Many families have left the parish already because of the decision and apparently, they are having some kind of a town hall meeting about all this. One parent said they are calling the local news station and a young group of girls plan on having a peaceful protest at the school this week to encourage the administration to rethink their decision. I am in awe at how big a fuss the parents are making over my contract not being renewed. It is so humbling and heart warming to know the kind of impact I've had on this community and my students. There is now way in heck I would every go back and work with those backstabbing teachers, but at least I can hold my head high knowing that did what I intended to do - I created relationships with my students and inspired them to stand up for what is right, even if it means you're standing all alone. Thanks for reading...I just needed to get all this off my chest. The past two days have been incredibly emotional.