So I'm extremely worried about getting a job for this year. I had last school year off (I really, really, really needed to think about teaching. I had some bad experiences. One is the stuff of legends at my 1st school) and I decided that I was meant to teach. I hear something on the radio and I plan a lesson. So, great! I start getting ready and then I realize - I HAVE to have a reference from my last immediate supervisor. Short story long, I did NOT get along with this AP. And I get along with everyone! Except her. I missed 9 days of work for personal health issues - which she demanded I explain in detail to her (I refused - just showed her a doctor's note and claimed my privacy), told me I needed to call her by 5AM if I was unable to work that day (instead of using the internet to call out and request a sub), got into arguments over where my sub lesson plans were kept (see-through file-folder box behind my desk - she never could seem to find them), demanded I use her lesson plan master (three pages long, for each day, each period), called my lesson plans "ridiculous for high school" (and said nothing when my kids showed reading gains of 2 and 3 years on yearly assessments) then gave me an "Acceptable" observation rating because I was "defiant" and "unwilling to be a team player." Yet I was retained for the next year. I did not, however, return. So anyway, I asked for and received 6 references - 4 from my 1st school, 2 from the second. The girl at the district office goofed when I checked to make sure they had all arrived and returned them to me after scanning them into the system. 5 of my references were very nice, stating I was an excellent teacher who got along well with parents, students, and coworkers, and helped out a lot around the school. The AP's reference? Scathing, to say the least. "...would not recommend for hire" to quote. So now I'm worried, because the school year here starts in early August, I've dropped off my resume to several schools, and I haven't heard a single word from anyone. So I'm very worried that this one reference will be my downfall - especially since I am applying in the same district, though not the same school. Does anyone have any advice or a similar situation? I'd hate to lose out teaching altogether because one person and I had a personality clash. Sigh. Sorry this was so long. Really needed to vent.