My new para this year is FANTASTIC. She's amazing. We get along so well, and even though she didn't have spec.ed. experience when she was hired, she listened and learned. We've even become friends outside of school and our kids play together, we go shopping, etc. She never went to college, and in the beginning of the year her plan was to go back to school to be a teacher while she worked as a para. Well, a few days ago she told me that she interviewed for a position at a daycare and got the job. She said after being in the school system for a few months, teaching isn't what she thought it would be and she doesn't want to go back to school anymore. She also said the position doesn't pay enough and she needs more money for her family. I'm so annoyed. I've never had a para quit mid-year and I hate that she can't just finish the year out. We literally only have 40 days of school left. Special Ed. is hard enough without having to teach a whole new person about every student's visual schedules, work systems, behavior charts, etc... not to mention how they will even be able to fill the position with a quality person this close to the end of the year. Ugh. Rant over.