Hi everyone, This is kind of a vent session....I've been needing this. My school has a very helpful, friendly, and positive culture. I love my school very much and love collaborating with everyone as much as possible. However...I have a colleague who tends to take up too much of my personal and prep time. I teach 7th grade reading and one section of freshman English, while she teaches only freshman English. I taught in her room her last year and we worked closely together since I was throw into teaching the overflow section of 9th graders in order for her to have a prep period. She really saved my butt, since I had zero time to prep before the school year started. I consider her a good friend, but sometimes I need a break. This year, I am still teaching the overflow section of 9th graders, but am teaching in my own room. We still work together and I appreciate the collaboration, but it seems like she needs help with everything and constantly calls me, texts me, and this usually happens after school hours. I'm only a third year teacher and she's been teaching the same subject for 6 years, so it sometimes doesn't make sense as to why she constantly asks for my help. When she calls, or when we talk at school it's hard to break away from her because she's the type where it's hard to get a word in. For different policies and extra duties we take on at my school (that we have been doing for years now, such as applying for a grant every year) she always asks for my help and acts like everything is a huge crisis. I'm a type B personality, but am very organized and get things done quickly. I try not to take work home and honor my personal time--especially the weekends and evenings to revamp, recharge, and unwind, and when she calls me during these times to talk about work I feel like ignoring her calls/texts. Any advice? I want to help and collaborate, but I can't do it all the time...I still have my other grade level to prep AND a personal life to tend to!