First some background information: I am a first year teacher. I am presently working in a district that is getting ready to go on strike. To say the work environment is hostile would be an understatement. Admin is pissed. Teachers are pissed. Students are pissed. If I had one word to describe the overall mood of the district PISSED would be it. Anyways, I started teaching in this district in the summer during summer school. I was hired 3 days beforehand. I found out what grade/subject I would teach on the first day. After summer school, I got picked up for a fulltime assignment in the same school. Yesterday morning during 1st period, I had a post observation conference and was told: "I walked away from your observation seriously impressed!" and "I am so impressed with how much you have grown! You have done an excellent job!" Fast forward 6 hours. I get called into the office and am told 'We have decided to not reelect you for next year. To say I feel blindsided would be slightly understated. I am not the only new teacher to be let go. I was the last teacher hired. As the saying goes LAst one hired first one fired...TO date there was 7 new teacher let go. It is so frustrating. I get this happens to all kinds of teachers I really just needed someone who understood what was going on and how things work in public education to hear me rant. Let's file this under "Things that student teaching and teacher prep programs dont prepare you for!"