The situation I spoke about last week has escalated. I tried to be kind and repair the relationship. It didn’t work. Even though I don’t think I could have said or done anything differently. Back story: I have zero autonomy in my class. I must do everything the team lead says in exactly the way she does it. I must organize my materials exactly the way she does for students. I inquired about a few activities as to the purpose of them. It was right words. I didn’t realize what I big deal it would become. Apparently I may have hit a big culture trigger. But I digress. It’s ok for her to say some nasty things to me. The fact is, if I had met her during the interview I wouldn’t have taken the job. now I’m anticipating retaliation. I’ve been told to expect it. I even read up on some cultural norms and it is a thing in her culture. Saying “no” in that culture isn’t even OK to say. So I’m just at a loss. I’ve been in the field a LONG time. I am not a newbie by an stretch of the imagination. Just new to the school. I’ve heard she has a clique of mean girls - both with the power to mess up my evaluations for licensure. I really honestly don’t feel safe or comfortable anymore. I feel terrible if it’s a cultural thing and I offended her, but at the same time this is the culture I have grown up with and I am tired. I As horrible as it sounds, I am tired of being understanding. I just want to autonomy in my classroom to set up materials how I see fit or choose center activities or a craft that engages my students. has anyone dealt with retaliation before?