I'm starting a new job in August. The room I have belonged to another teacher - she left at the end of May. I went today to clean up a bit. The usual type: dust, try to figure out what to do with the furniture, see what was left behind, etc. Well, it took all of five minutes to figure out that either this room attracts all sorts of things or the previous teacher was a mess. There is mold - black-colored mold - growing all over one of the walls. There was a VERY thick layer of dust on EVERYTHING. School ended on May 25th, so it has only been a month since she was in the room. And, it looked like no one had touched a reference book, a shelf, or a chair in years. I moved a couple of small shelves, and found HUGE piles of rat feces. Fresh feces. I also found several pieces of wrapped candy behind the shelves. The filing cabinet was full of student papers from the last three years and opened (possibly used - some had stains or something on them) paper plates and cups. The limited storage was packed with broken, plastic, storage bins and baby wipes. The floor (which were supposedly buffed yesterday) was covered in dead bugs and were yellow-ish and sticky. (My sister thinks the yellow spots may be stained rat pee. Ew.) I spent a good three and a half hours just dusting, mopping (yes, I went buy a mop and broom), and throwing things out. And, the room is still fairly disgusting. I emailed the principal - mostly to inform her that there seems to be mold growing on my wall and that there may be rats in the building. My question: has anyone else ever gotten a classroom that was a total mess? How did you handle it?