Hello all. Was browsing for a forum related to teaching and found this site. I became a full time teacher in New York City almost two years ago. I am 27 years old and teaching has always been my desire. The NY Dept of Ed sends new teachers to places where the teachers are needed the most. So I was sent into a not so attractive neighborhood with a bad school. I came there with an open mind and desire to teach. I teach the 8th and 9th grade world history. From the very beginning the situation has been total chaos. The school is a mess in every way imaginable. The faculty members are hostile to each other and the students are even worse. I have been a victim of emotional and physical abuse. The students come from bad families and are not focusing on their work. Instead they insult me when I try to get them to pay attention. On a few occasions I was even pushed and my skirt was pulled up which resulted in the guys whistling and making stupid comments. I have complained to the school board on many occasions. It seems like they are against me because I am from a different part of town and dont "understand" the inner city youth. It has turned into a nightmare. I work 10 hour days and dread having to come back to work the next morning. The principal and other faculty tell me to hang in there and just do the best I can. I get the feeling the faculty is against me as well because most of them are also minorities and haven't been too welcoming when I got there. I have to stay in this school and cannot transfer until I have some years of experience. I spent 6+ years getting to this point and it seem like a waste. What do I do?