Just yesterday I was finally cleared to start my new position at the end of this month... which is great, considering that I interviewed for and accepted the offer back in early-to-mid March, and I packed my things and moved across state lines early this summer, less than two weeks after school dismissed for the summer in my last district. I accepted this job and immediately stopped interviewing because I thought I hit a gold mine with principals. I've worked for some really bad ones at my last two schools, and I went into my job search with the mindset that I would teach anything - any grade, sped or regular ed, any setting - so long as I had a good administrator leading me. When I interviewed for this job, I met with only the principal, and I felt that we had similar philosophies and meshed quite well together. This was her first year at the school, and she seemed very eager to make a lot of positive changes. The commute was a tad further than I would have liked, but the school was in a good neighborhood... and, most importantly, I loved the principal. So, I accepted immediately when she called to make the offer the next morning, waiving her usual interview requirements of a second-round panel interview and demo lesson because she "didn't want to lose [me]" and was looking for me to take on "a leadership role". So, yesterday, when HR finally cleared me to start the job, I emailed her to let her know and ask about when I could get into the building to bring my personal things into the classroom. I didn't get a response before the end of the day, which is highly unusual, based on our past communications. Today she sends an email to the entire staff: She and the AP are unexpectedly both leaving to accept positions together at a new school. Today would be her last day. :huh: :unsure: I took this job because of her. I mean, I've met other teachers and staff I'll be working with, and they seem great... but I really wanted to be at this school because of this principal in particular. Now I'm left feeling abandoned and anxious about who will come to replace her. I feel naive for putting so much stock into one person. Of course she has every right to move on in her career herself. I'm just disappointed that the biggest selling point this school had for me is no longer going to be there when I start in a few weeks. Any words of encouragement or advice?