I finally have the guts to start a thread about this. Probably should have before I was forced to resign, but anyway, I need advice and I have received mixed messages from everyone. This was my FIRST year teaching. It was a special ed job. It was a horrible situation where I was hired right before school started. They needed someone asap. The teacher before me left without warning. The principal did not want me, but got stuck with me. He told me early on in the school year he was going to fire me. He finally did. I was forced to resign from the teaching position in February. I moved states for this job. So all my education background is in the former state (let's say state A). I want to stay in this state (let's say state B) because of various reasons including my family lives here and it's just easier not to move again. I am certified to teach in both states. I went to a career fair in February and put down my previous job. I said I resigned. Most principals pretty much turned the other way. The job shows all this technology and teaching programs I learned in State B that was not used in State A and; therefore, I thought principals would like that better. I also thought it was a good idea to put it down since it was a special education teaching position and my field experiences were in general education (K-5). I was a special ed assistant teacher while in school though. So, the question is, do I put this on applications/resumes or leave it off? And, if I leave it off, wouldn't the district find out through my retirement plan I had a previous teaching job? A PRINCIPAL actual told me to leave it off, but that was after going to the career fair. Family members do not want me to lie. I have a very good reason for not working August through February if a principal asked. Technically I do not have one year of experience, but the applications say round up. There is a question regarding resigning in lieu of being fired. Do I lie and say no? The superintendent said if anyone contacted him, he would say I left because of medical reasons. But applications say I have to put immediate supervisor down. Does this mean I have to put the principal? He HATED me. And he would put horrible things down on the reference form. I do have three faculty members I worked with everyday that would be excellent references. I just don't know what to do. I have a sub app in my purse that includes the former job, but I don't want to turn it in if I decide to apply without that former job on my teaching application! But then that same sub application asks about my retirement plan. Since I already have one, would I just sign up for a different one? Any suggestions/thoughts would be appreciated. If you need any clarifications let me know. I tried to not give away too much information...but I might have not given enough either.