On Friday I told my director I didn't feel well and left work early. I do not plan to return. This is very uncharacteristic for me. I have always given a notice. She knows my concerns and I think she suspects I won't return. From the time I started this job in September until now, I kept hoping it would get better but instead it got worse. The teachers in the other class talk to the kids so harshly that some of my kids are afraid to go through their room to the bathroom without me. The two rooms are very open and there is no door separating them. When one of my kids misbehaves, they make comments to the kids like, "If you were in my room you wouldn't act like that." They don't agree with positive discipline and helping the children develop communication skills, they just sit them in time out and tell them how bad they are. If they don't identify their alphabet flashcards corrrectly they are made to sit with them in front of them and lose their center time until they say them correctly. Some poor kids don't play very much. Their kids are very quiet and don't act out very much but it is out of fear not ability to control themselves. These kids are all 4. Well, the last straw was on Tuesday when I heard a child being spanked in the bathroom. My assistant also heard it. We discussed it. We then saw the teacher coming out of the bathroom with this child. I went to the director, the child was asked what happened, the child responded that the teacher "spanked me". My assistant however, denied hearing anything. The spanking teacher denied that she did it. Long story short, the teacher was written up (allowed to continue working) because there was no proof and it was my word against hers, (after being questioned a third time by the director with no witnesses the director "says" the child changed her story), and I did what I know was my legal and ethical responsibility. I worked for the rest of the week even though it was terribly hard because the three of them would hardly speak to me. This was my assistant's second week. When I went to tell the director I was leaving early, I found out that on Thursday my assistant had gone to her to complain about me. I don't know what the complaints were. I didn't have time to ask. I feel like I am deserting my children because I know they feel safe with me but, the current situation is making me physically sick. My question is, do I take in a resignation letter? Do I state the real reason for leaving in the letter or just make it short and sweet?