How do you handle veteran teachers that clearly don't think you were the best choice? In my first few weeks I've had teachers constantly mention that they miss the teacher I replaced (she relocated) but that they're sure, "I'll get used to you." I've also heard, "Are you friends with the supt? Oh you're not? We all thought that's how you got the job." and "So if you've never taught this grade, how were you the most obvious choice?" I want to tell them... Go talk to the hiring committee, no I don't know the supt that you all hate, and come visit my classroom and watch me teach. It is just very frustrating when you know you're not liked. Yet, I try to be compassionate to everyone. Each day I try to thank the custodian, secretary, aides, etc. Even substitutes to let them know that I am APPRECIATIVE. It seems that that's something that the other teachers might not be. I had been eating lunch with the other teachers (there's only 1 group) but it was really ruining my mood to hear them complain and talk about everyone so I'm going to try to work and eat in my room during lunch. I just hate all of the negativity.