So I received a long-term subbing assignment for a special ed class. I love it. My only problem is…one of the paras is kind of giving me a hard time. The para is a good help and we do get along in some cases, but she is acting like she is boss and has criticized me in a way to try to make me feel stupid. Truth is, I am trying to learn the system of the school and still learning on how to work with the students' IEPs. My fellow teachers understand me ALOT more being that I have stepped in suddenly. I want to be nice because I am looking for full-time, but how can I be assertive without making myself be too forward or making me sound mad/mean/stuck up? I've been in this type of situation numerous times and I usually told these co-workers off (a few situations got pretty ugly where they see my bitchy side), but this is a career I'm going for. It's hard!!!! I want to be able to enjoy my stay, have valuable experience, and eventually get a job, but if this para is always complaining… Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!