Hi, I'm a fairly new teacher (this year coming up will be my 5th year). I worked in a school in 1st grade for 2 years. I didn't have much of a relationship with my Principal (he had social issues) but had a great one with my AP. My evaluations were fine and my Principal barely spent any time in my room this year. In a nutshell, my AP told me 2 months before the end of the school year that she was shocked to hear from the Principal that I was on the possible non-renewal list for this year. She said it was prob. my data scores. I explained my side and she said she'd speak to him. I wrote out a plan that I had for helping bring my students up. All seemed fine. I got sick and had meningitis and was out for a month. I don't know if that exasperated the situation and his feeling of me. One month before the end of the school year, I was brought in by him and told I was non renewed. I asked why. He said he didn't have to tell me by law. I held my head up high and taught until the final day which was about the hardest thing I've ever done (professionally). Fast forward 1 month, now I'm left with trying to find a job which is proving to be difficult. I am not getting any calls. I know they take one look at that and it is a huge strike against me. I collected letters of recommendation from both my administrators and from the staff I worked with. I'm going to go around to schools and drop my resume off. I just get stuck when explaining why I was non renewed. The union says just say no reason given on app. I'm thinking I should say that I'm not sure why I was non-renewed and that I was perplexed and maybe say that it's just human nature that someone either likes you or not. I'd love any advice anyone has to help me land an interview and advice to explain the situation while sounding positive. I should also add that I am 49 and also have a slight vocal issue from a surgery that I had from a tumor I had. Of course, I can't prove it and wouldn't mention it but those 2 factors I'm sure had something to do with his decision because he is known to prefer younger staff. Thanks so much for reading my long post! Have a great day!