I am sure this has been discussed before but...how does it make you feel as a teacher when parents request a certain teacher on your grade level? We had registration yesterday and today. The parents come and fill out paperwork and get a card with their child's teacher on it. The parent gets the card and says "OH NO, NO WAY my kid is not going to have Mrs. "A" she/he is going to have Mrs. "K" this year". Then our admin will honor the request 95% of the time. So, now Mrs. "K" has 26 kids in her class while Mrs. "B" has 17. Then on the first day of school all the other teachers who only have the 17 will get all the kids who live out of our school zone(many will wait until the first day of school to register, b/c they know its too chaotic and nobody will ask for verification that they live at the addressed zoned for our school) and most times these kids are MAJOR a behavior problem. This is a constant problem year after year. I work at a school where the parents seem to think there is only one teacher (in 1st and 2nd especially) that is a good. It's a community school where many think if someones mother's cousin's father had Mrs. "K" then their child should have Mrs. "K" too. The other problem is a certain teacher will tell the parents your child needs to have Mrs. "Z" next year..okay sometimes teachers know which teacher will be a good fit for that student for the next school year..but this happened 8 times today. One teacher told 8 of her little 1st grade parents they needed to have Mrs. "z" in the 2nd grade, and the changes were made. The funny thing is the teacher that everyone requests on my grade level is very lazy and does not do any of the extra fun activities or experiments that we do. Her kids sit in their desks all day and do busy work..:huh: anyway... I just had to vent a bit b/c I know I am a good teacher as well as the others on my team. But, this type of thing makes us doubt ourselves. I am actually writing this for them as well. We all wanted to know if this goes on at other schools. I(we) don't want to sound jealous. I know we should not care but it's hurtful that some people won't give us a chance, and admin allows this nonsense.