Hi everyone, I’m here to vent. I just lost my job. In June, I will have completed my 2nd year teaching in the Midwest. I resigned from my first job for my current position that paid 15,000 more. So I thought it was a good move. When the principal showed up today I didn’t know what was happening. The principal showed up at my classroom saying she was here for the meeting and that the special ed director should be there. I said “what meeting”? No one informed me of a meeting. She looked confused. So she then told me well we are not renewing your contact for next year. I responded by saying “thanks for telling me in advance”. Then she walked out of the room. I didn’t know what to say… I didn’t get any paperwork, etc….But I stayed positive and went back to having fun with the kids. It was a nice day outside so I took the kids outside to play before dismissal…. I am a certified special education teacher and a certified school counselor. I have to graduate degrees and im in my early 30's. I was teaching in a classroom that was chaotic this year. It was 5th through 8th grade in a grade school and the kids were all emotionally disturbed with severe behavior disorders. I taught in a mobile outside the building. When my kids got kicked out the building then their permanent placement became the alternative classroom. So new kids came in and out my classroom all the time. It was plagued with children that were under-medicated, personality disorders etc, kids that cursed. But I tried to keep it a positive environment. I worked with the kids and had a vision to run my classroom like a regular classroom. I tried my best. I never really asked for help in the building….I never really had an emergency. So there were no problems. My assistant and I handled my classroom on my own. The kids were on behavior levels so they were supposed to be able to earn enough points to leave my classroom, but administration never paid any attention to these points and levels. The majority of kids stayed forever. My boss never came to the classroom…she never gave me direction, never gave me suggestions to improve. When I got my evaluation, it was need improvement. I didn’t understand how I was evaluated because no one ever spent time in my classroom. If the principal stop by, my kids would be quiet and working…she only stopped in 2 times for less than a minute lol….. My room was strongly avoided. I feel that I was unfairly evaluated because my classroom is unique and I cannot teach my kids the transitional way. You wont always see group work. One kid might be mediating with headphones on to block noise. One kid would be sleep because mom gave him sleeping pills. One kid might be on the floor giggling at himself….He never took his 4 medications. My class was not traditional, but the kids did work in there. And they did behave overall. The teacher before me ran the classroom like a prison for 15 years. The kids did busy work all day, they fought a lot, the teacher was physical with them and it sounded abusivehmy:. She was let go last year for throwing a student. I can say that my kids only had 1 small fight this year. The kids did class work and they learn something so I did try to teach them. I got to know the students and they respect me and I care about them. It was difficult teaching 5th through 8th grade with various academic levels and behavior and emotional issues….I struggled, but did my best. I was remained positive and treated them nicely. Many times I began to feel burnt out though.….Most teachers would have ran from that job, but I stayed and made it work. I honestly am offended that they let me go. I feel kinda used and unappreciated. I will attempt to get 2 reference letters before I leave, but honestly I worked isolated and alone. Will I still be able to use these letters since the teachers in the building only knew me on a minimal basis? What’s next? Part of me wants to take a break for a while, save my unemployment money, finish a certification that will allow me to be a therapist. Will I not working for a year affect my prospects of finding a job in 2015? What would you do in this situation????