Hi all. I'm new to this forum. I've been in education for 20 years and at my current teaching position going on 7 years. 2 years after I started there! we got a new, young principal who has made life hell for most of us. For whatever reason, I'm not part of his clique. He takes jabs at my program, never says one word of thanks or appreciation for my busting my butt for all the extra very hard work I've put in setting up a brand new program that my department wouldn't lift a finger to use! He artificially decreases my enrollment so that I have to teach classes that none of the other teachers want to teach. He threatened to cut me to 80% if I didn't take this particular class (which is illegal according to my union). He goes behind my back and gossips and schemes against me with one of my department members (and this is a guy no one likes who is a loose cannon and constantly gets in trouble with the parents!) I've discovered confidential emails that I sent to the Principal and he's forwarded them behind my back to my department member. This teacher has also yelled at me and threatened my job on numerous occasions! He has gotten in my face so close that when he yells at me he spits on my face when I don't engage in arguments with him. He is in the Principal's clique so he feels invincible. Our principal has created huge divisiveness and favoritism on the staff that many teachers are fighting and hate each other now. He demoralizes many staff members. Another teacher verbally attacked me and my colleague over some certification issue that was her fault, we went to the Principal, and he did nothing. I won't even go into the sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior that goes on. Since his hire, several teachers have left, which is unusual for this school. I have developed severe anxiety, insomnia, depression, stomach problems, low self-esteem, I don't feel appreciated, and I have to drag myself to work. I love the kids and my program, but admin is making our lives unbearable with the never ending stream of useless paperwork that goes nowhere, excessive meetings, 4 evaluations per year, extra activities for no pay. I have gone to the union several times and they write a letter to the Principal's boss, he is reprimanded, and he gets so angry that he goes after us 10 times worse! He has been turned into the union countless times, and has been reported to the higher ups in the district. Still, nothing changes and he gets worse. He has the parents and the Superintendent wrapped around his finger. This year was particularly bad. The Principal turned the new VP against me and cut my classes very low, even though I had numerous parents and students come to me complaining that they signed up for my class and were rerouted to another class that they didn't want. He has been trying to dissolve my program for years, and I've had to fight very hard to keep it going, and it has exhausted me! I do many extra curricular activities weekly for which I receive ZERO pay. I have been so exhausted, demoralized, my program is being artificially cut, that I have developed some health problems. I took a couple of month off for sick leave (which I have NEVER done) and debating whether I should even return. I've lost my passion for teaching and there are no better schools in my district, so if I transferred I don't see how I'd be in a better position since our Superintendent is making life hell for every school in the district. Friends have advised me to quit, but I don't know what else I can do? I've been teaching for most of my life and don't really have any other skills. Plus, I'm terrified of losing my salary and benefits!! The whole idea of teaching just doesn't appeal to me anymore after the emotional and professional beating I've taken. I'm scheduled to return after winter break, and I feel sick to my stomach when I think about returning. My friends and family tell me I've become very anxious, angry, impatient, panicky, and cry a lot more due to all the work stress. I don't feel myself. Does anyone have any advice?