Yes, I look young and inexperienced. Yes, my career began just over 18 months ago. Yes, I taught another grade last year. Yes, I was surplussed 8 weeks into this school year and was forced to restart at a different school. Does any of this mean that I lack the capacity to teach? No. I am a well educated adult that is losing my patience with parents that call the office to complain about me and my teaching without coming to me first. I am the last to leave the building every day. I am tired. I am trying. Please cut me some slack rather than demand that I let you into my room so that you can "observe" your student. Please just trust me. I hate being judged for every instructional decision I make just because I am the youngest teacher on the grade level. I am only 1 year behind the next teacher on the totem pole, but about 15 years younger. None of this is fair and there is no reason for anyone to make it more of a burden for me. I should not be this mad on a Thursday afternoon! Whew! Thanks.