It's my first year at the district I am at. I'm a special education teacher and I love working with kids with special needs. I have been in a high school room, and while elementary is really my style (I have a elementary ed license as well), I have given this job my all. I go early, stay late, skip family wedding to not miss work, etc. My boss is aware that elementary is my thing, and I believe this has led to her being extremely antagonistic all year. I mean, I have constantly been watching over my shoulder all year. On the occasion early in the year I did make a mistake (and I fully own up to that), she put a memo in my file with inaccurate information. I did speak with the union about this so it is on file with them that she was threatening my job and giving inaccurate information. Right around the time this mistake was make, I found out I was pregnant. Hence the reason my brain was not functioning so well and it made it easier for me to make this mistake. Any moms out there I'm sure can relate to the initial pregnancy fuzz that is so disorienting. Especially because this is my first and while very welcomed by my husband and I, unexpected. Fast forward to just after Christmas break. I was 12 weeks pregnant and went in to tell her. I was TERRIFIED! I mean feeling sick to my stomach terrified. She put on a positive face, but she made some extremely inappropriate and unprofessional comments. The first thing she said was, "Was this planned?" I was so taken aback I answered honestly. She then followed this up with "instead of maternity leave have you considered taking a year off and maybe just subbing [which is though a nondistrict system, no benefits, etc.]. I think it's better for women if they take a year off for their babies anyway." I didn't respond because I was so floored. I didn't just finish up 2 Master's degrees to halt my career. Comments like this have plagued me all year. Two weeks ago, a situation occurred that led another (tenured) teacher to yell at me. Two SPED students who I only know are SPED came up to my resource room during math. They said they had a sub and this is pretty normal for kids to only come up when they have a sub. I'm the only resource room available at that time, so of course I let them in. They went to work on their math and then asked to go back to class with 10 minutes left. I let them go. I guess some teachers caught them wandering the halls even though their classroom was only one floor down. The sub wrote this in the notes for the regular teachers so the boys would get consequences. The regular teacher came back on Monday, barged into my room while I was teaching a class, and proceeded to yell at me about how the boys played me, etc. I didn't get upset and took her comments with grace. The principal took a 30 second walk through my classroom as this was occurring and walked through to the SPED room next door. The teacher next door assured me she would speak to me about it because the other teacher was so out of line. Nothing ever came from it. Now to yesterday afternoon. Friday, 3:10, I'm on the way out to coach the sub-section speech meet right after school. She walks into my room and asks if I have a minute. I really only had a minute, but I said yes. She said, "I have watched you grow this year and I feel it's time we part ways for next year. If you want to know why, set up a meeting with me. I'm telling you now so you can find a new job. Have a good weekend." And walked out. My mentor, the union, etc. was floored. Not only with how she handled it, but because they had no indication I had been doing anything wrong. My evaluations have been good. Truthfully, I think it's a mix of me being pregnant and me wanting to go to elementary eventually. She knew good and well I was waiting it out until a specific teacher retired. There is another non-tenured SPED teacher hired just after me, but he only has a bachelor's, is single, no kids, and has influential family members in the area. HE IS NOT A BAD TEACHER! Let me say that I have no problems with him at all. He is a great person. He's just cheaper to keep on than me. I'm due at the end of July. I have a non-renewed contract on my resume now (presuming it is brought to the school board, because as of yet that hasn't been done). Who is going to hire the teacher who cannot come back on the first day of school who didn't have her contract renewed? I won't resign yet, because as of now it hasn't gone through official channels. Plus, it's an area with a ton of small towns. It wouldn't matter if I resigned or got canned, everyone would know the truth anyway. The union says they will help me find a new job, especially since they really can't get mine back. Truthfully, I don't want to work for that awful woman again. I'm dreading finishing out the last 38 school days. I have 18 sick days to use... since I'll lose them once the year is done anyway, I probably will actually use them. The only reason I'm able to walk back into that school is because of the students. That school is already hemorrhaging students which is sad for a school with such high test scores. This principal is not just awful to teachers... she's a snake in the grass to students and parents too. No one has just been able to get the ammunition needed to stand up and fight. I'm seriously afraid I'm going to be black listed because I'm pregnant and didn't get renewed. Anyone else end up on the other side? I know she's an awful person.., I do. I just can't help feeling like the abysmal failure.