Last year, especially the second semester, was a difficult time for me at school. I had a falling out of sorts with my best school friend (long story, probably a misunderstanding on both our parts). She's in with a lot of other teachers (mutual friends), and I started to feel like they were beginning to snub me in favor of hanging out with her. Not in an overt way, I suppose...just little things like not sitting by me at staff meetings. I'm grown, so I tried not to let this bug me, but the truth is that it did. A lot, and probably more than it should have. I've tried extending the olive branch to this friend, but she seems only passively interested in picking it up. I'm honestly not sure how much effort I'm willing to put forth on repairing our friendship, especially in light of the fact that she doesn't seem all that upset at what has happened. Cut to this summer, which is nearing an end. I've had virtually no contact with most of the teachers whom I considered to be my friends. It's really hard not to feel like they hate me or something now or that I'm some social pariah. As of now, I'm not sure how I feel about starting the school year. While I am looking forward to seeing my students and getting back into the swing of things, I am completely dreading seeing these teachers. I'm worried that they will gossip about me to each other and present me in a negative light to students (I've witnessed both scenarios in the past). I know I need to get over it, but it is really hard when we share a hallway and I have to see them every single day in the mailroom, halls, bathroom, and lounge. I can't stay cooped up in my classroom all day, and I feel like it's really immature of me to want to avoid them. Please tell me to get over this! And how I can go about doing that. NOTE: I might delete this post in the near future, so I would appreciate it if you guys don't quote it in your responses (since I can't delete those).