During the '09-'10 school year, I taught German at a high school in TX. However, in early February, I was called to the office and someone from the central office spoke to me. He said (in summary): "There's been some concerns over some websites you've been going to. You're talking about suicide! And you have much more to offer to this world than to go that way. Therefore, this [paid] administrative leave time is for you to get better. It's also for the students - we need to keep the students safe." Then, he helped me clean out my classroom and then quite literally, dumped me out on the streets. During our talk, he gave me two choices: either be terminated or resign to avoid termination. He said that a resignation looks better on my record than a termination. So, in that sense, I was forced to resign. I made the resignation effective at the end of the school year. Now, I do feel that I was treated unfairly just for being depressed and suicidal, and I really should have hired a lawyer to help me get back in the classroom, but that's another story. My question is, how do I explain this on job applications and/or interviews, especially since I plan on becoming an ESL teacher abroad and this issue may come up? I asked the career center director at my university and she said I can simply state that it was for "medical reasons" because depression is a medical condition that needs to be treated, but also said not to go into details. Is she right? I'd like to hear particularly from principals and administrators who interview teachers (if you type of people even visit this site!) or teachers who have been in a similar situation. I do NOT want to hear, "I don't think you'll ever be teaching again" or "You'll never have a career in education again". Positive comments only. It's just that I had a bad first year, and the students drove me over the edge because I lacked proper classroom management skills, that's all. Other than that, I had a lot of good and rewarding times in that classroom!