I'm a first year teacher and NEW to special ed. I did my undergrad in elem ed and now going through a program to get certified in SPEd. I have 2 years to get it done. I wasn't getting any leads in getting a gen ed position. So, I made the decision to go into special ed (resource). I used to work as an instructional assistant for 8 years. I worked with k-2 and have also done resource. I loved it! Now, I am teaching resource and working with primary grades. It was supposed to be with k-2 BUT after I was hired they added 3rd and 4th grade. I really do not like it at all. The mentor at my school is very helpful BUT is constantly redoing my IEP's. She gives me assessments to do and after I get the data, I input it in the initial IEP and it's not what she wants. She tells me that it doesn't tell her anything. Well why the heck did you tell me to administer the test? I find it incredibly annoying. I love working with the kids in the primary grades k-2nd. I can't stand 3rd and 4th grade. Most of my experience is with k-2. I did my student teaching in 1st grade and loved it!! This job, I like, but I hate it. I hate planning because I have 4 grade levels to work with. I feel like I'm rushing through each lesson and not getting anywhere with these kids. I can deal with them though. My problem is that these IEP's.......just thinking about them makes me ill. It really does. I wish this mentor would just back off. If I make it to June then that will be great, but surplusing starts in spring. If I get surplused then I could get out and pick a gen ed class for the following school year. BUT if I don't, then I don't know what to tell my principal. I'll stick it out for my 1st yr but it's going to be hard. I have so much fun with the younger grades. It makes me laugh because everyday when I'm with kindergarten or first grade, I just have a different attitude than with the older grades. It makes me smile.......3rd and 4th.....not so much.