Hi all! I posted a few times last year about having issues with my teacher when I was a para in a self-contained high school special education class. However, now, since the teacher was not asked back by the principal, I am the teacher of this class! Yay! However, I was not expecting to have para issues this early in the year. One of my paras (I have two but one doesn't start until next week) is a young woman who has never worked in a special ed room. I believe she was hired as a bilingual special education paraprofessional. I did not get to sit in on the hiring because my own hiring was on the fly and they had to just get bodies in the room. So, this para was hired and she was in my classroom on the first day of school. The first week was okay. We went over routines, schedules, expectations, and expected behaviors. I made sure to drill the kids constantly to establish consistency as well as maintain a schedule and uphold the rules we came up with as a class. There have been a few hang-ups but nothing too crazy. Fast forward to this week. The para is contracted from 7:15 to 3:15 with an hour break. She uses her hour break as a lunch which is totally fine for now. She is to get our visually impaired student off of the bus at 7:25 and get him into the lunchroom to eat breakfast before class starts at 7:45. All was going fine until a couple of days ago. She texted me one day at 7:28 saying she was going to be late because of traffic. Now this is 13 minutes after she is scheduled to be at the school and three minutes after she is supposed to pick up our student off of the bus. Not to mention, I didn't get the text until around 7:35 when I was done responding to emails and checking on the kids in the lunchroom. Not okay... She should have texted at least ten minutes before she was going to be late so I knew she wouldn't be able to get the student off of the bus. She ends up coming in the cafeteria with the student and doesn't say a word about the text or being late (I guess she thought maybe I didn't get the text and wouldn't have realized how late she was?) So, I was a little annoyed but thought oh well, traffic is a problem sometimes.. until the next day when I get the same text at around the same time. Now this is two days in a row she is more than ten minutes late and missed pickup for my students on the bus. This day was especially crazy because I had tons of behaviors due to lack of consistency when the paras were working with small groups. I had a behavior issue I had to deal with with the dean so we stepped outside of the room (with the door open) to deal with this student who was in trouble. When I go back into the room after a few minutes of talking with the dean and the student, mass chaos has ensued. Kids are running around, not sitting in their seats, talking, etc... All of our class expectations were not being upheld in the slightest. It took about ten minutes to get the class back under control. The para was sitting in the back the entire time just letting this happen. I also had a sub helping me that day since my other para is not starting until Monday. He was actually asleep... eyes closed, dozing off (his SECOND day in my classroom). Right next to him was one of my students with autism and he had a sharpie and was drawing all over my visually impaired student's braille cards. Ridiculous! I sternly got the class back under control after about ten minutes and we went on with our lesson. At the end of the day, I was really annoyed about what had happened but instead of confronting the sub and para, I just told them that we would reestablish expectations to make sure everyone is on track. During this time, we were waiting for the bus to come with our students. One of my students with Downs likes to point at women's stomachs and say "baby!" This is something I worked on extinguishing last year. I told him "Student, say something other than baby like smile!" and pointed at my smile. He smiled at me and said smile. Soon after this, one of my problem behavior students did the same thing the other student had just done that I do not like. He pointed at my stomach and said "baby!" Now since he is functioning at a higher cognitive level, I said "Student, we don't say that; it's not nice and could hurt someone's feelings!" They both were laughing but stopped after I reprimanded him. Then, after telling them why it was inappropriate, my para points at one of the students' stomachs and says "baby!" I couldn't believe it! I had just told them both not to do that and she does it right afterwards! One of my students actually said "Why does she get to do it and not us?!" I couldn't say anything right in front of her because I didn't want to correct her since she is an adult with authority in the classroom. She left soon after that since it was 3:15. Now today, I had a meeting with my student teaching supervisor after she observed a lesson I did. The students are very ancy in the afternoon so I gave them a "brain break" to go run on the field for 15-30 minutes. I asked the sub and the para to take them outside for this. I told them to please bring the kids back in at 2:00. Then, halfway through my meeting, at 1:45, one of the kids runs back in. I'm slightly annoyed because I have had them interrupt planning time as well due to the para or sub letting them come back early. I asked the student if the others were coming in and he said yes. So, I tell him to quietly sit at his desk and told him if he wanted to he could go to the bathroom and get a drink of water. 15 minutes later, the para, sub, and other kids come in. I asked the para how come the one student came back so early and she said "oh, well he ran away from me. I tried to catch him but I couldn't." WHAT?! I have a student now with a significant cognitive delay running away and no one calls my cell phone or gets security/administration involved?! And this wasn't the first time it happened! He also did it at lunch today and when I realized he was gone, it was 5-10 minutes after the kids had come back in. I asked "where is student?" and the para says "Oh yeah. He ran away from lunch. I'm not sure where he is." Did these paras not get a job description? I just figured it was fairly obvious that you can't let kids just run away, especially those with cognitive delays and iqs of less than 60. The more I work with this para, the more I realize she really has no clue how to work with my students. I don't have time to train her on obvious things such as "if students run from you, contact the teacher or a principal" This stuff is a given and I feel that special ed paras should have this basic background knowledge before being hired. How do I turn this around? It's early in the year so I'm sure I can fix it but this is just crazy. Also she was, instead of letting our visually impaired kid hold her arm or shoulder when walking through the hallway, pushing him in front of her. The vision teacher actually told me this and said the para was sort of rude to her when she tried to correct her with some positive feedback. What exactly should I do? I can't have someone so inexperienced with my kids if I don't trust them at all. Help!