This is my third year teaching at my school and I've had wonderful experiences there. I love the people I work with and loved the grade level that I taught. This year I voluntarily switched to third grade within my building. Two of my staff members left with only one staying (one spot was consumed) and they hired one teacher. My problem is with the new teacher. I already have a lot on my plate with switching grade levels and am under a lot of stress. This new teacher is extremely negative and is making it harder. Since our meetings have begun yesterday, she has had nothing but negative things to say about everything. She makes rude comments and refuses to do certain activities because "she has been teaching for nine years" or because "it is stupid". Today I lost it and had to leave the meeting and had a breakdown. I don't want to let her get to me, but it is extremely hard. In talking with several other teachers, they too have noticed how negative she is. My other third grade team member and I are having a difficult time with this and don't know what to do. I briefly mentioned it to my principal today to put a "bug" in her ear, but didn't pursue it with her. What do I do in order to survive this year? I teach right next door from her and have to sit next to her at staff meetings...so I can't really get away. Do I confront her (I hate confrontation), talk to my principal, ignore her, or what? Have you ever had this kind of experience and what did you do? Thanks in advance. It's been a hard and emotional day for me and I need help getting through this.