Sorry to come here to vent: BUT- I am just about sick of a couple of my co-workers. Being the rookie is always hard, and things have gotten better since I vented last time, but there is this one "joke" of a person who calls herself a woman who keeps making sly comments around me I think to offend me. Here it is: I work with this person (never had a conversation with her though) and we worked for the Head Start organization at one time. She left a few years ago and I just left. Anyway, when I got hired at this school, she made a comment to me that she hated the HS organization and the administration hated her and always wrote her up. She said that she couldn't do anything right when she worked there and was glad to leave. On the other hand, I didn't feel the same way. I said that I enjoyed my time there and I left it at that. Ever since we had that brief discussion about us both working for HS, she has been making rude comments when I am around like in the falculty room and things like that. It's like when I enter the room, she says things like, "I am a Kindergarten teacher and it makes me so mad how all of my kids are slow because they didn't learn anything in preschool." She says comments like, "These head start teachers don't do nothing with the kids, let them nap all day and play all day then they come to me and I'm supposed to do something with them?" Ughhhhhh!!!!!!!! It is driving me crazy!! I feel like she is directing her comments to me to get under my skin or to get a reaction from me. But worse, I feel like she's trying to give me a bad name in this school by making people think we know each other,like we've worked together before which is totally untrue. She worked in a whole diff. town than I did, we just worked for the same organization. It is really starting to bother me! I feel like how miserable and mean can people be to each other?? And we actually call ourselves educators and teachers and we are supposed to be role models for young kids???? This idiot is a Kinder teacher and she acts like this. To make things worse, she's pregnant!!!! Poor child! I also found out that she has been written up several times since she's been working at this school for the way she treats co-workers and parents. She is an ugly, miserable being. Please give me some advice on how to handle this. This is my first year at this school and I'm not going to let someone bad mouth me by making my other co-workers think that I am a bad teacher because of the stigma she is putting on me for being a Head start teacher. SHE WAS A HEAD START TEACHER! How dumb. Anyway, I can't figure out why she is doing this. My only option I think is to confront her and put her in her place. Or she will probably keep doing it. What should I do????