I'm pretty stuck on this. I currently am under contract (music teacher, K-8, city, this is my second year) My boyfriend and I really really want to move to a new area. Also there are things about my job which are driving me bonkers. I just really don't know what to do about references. I really do NOT feel comfortable telling my music department head that I'm looking at other jobs. I still have a lot of school year left to get through, I have no idea how he would respond to that, and it may very well end up that I'm still here next year. Under normal circumstances I also would not feel comfortable asking my principal at this point either, but actually, she's retiring after this year, so it really doesn't make a difference to her if I'm not coming back. But she's a little crazy sometimes and a colleague thinks it's a really bad idea to tell her I'm looking and trust that she'll keep it to herself. This is my first teaching job, I'm such a newbie!! I have some letters from when I was in college but I finished student teaching Dec 2010. They're good recommendations but from so long ago....IMO they're not valid anymore!! I also have a letter from when I was an aid but that was...2011. I asked my music colleague from above if he would be a reference, he said yes but he does not feel comfortable writing me a letter. I have as another reference a teacher I have known for a LONG time, but we don't work in the same school district. I worked with him when he was putting on his high school musical, and I played in the pit for him, we took grad classes together, talk a lot about education, so he knows my philosophy. Should I pursue asking more colleagues? The Spanish teacher across the hall knows I'm looking, we have lunch together every day and teach all the same students, she is also my accompanist for choir so we have worked together a lot. Is it reasonable that I don't want to tell my supervisors right now that I'm looking? If only to stay on not-awkward working terms with them right now....no other reason. There's also the grad program I was in - maybe my teachers from that would be recommendations. Ack! WHADOIDOOO?