I am a fairly new teacher. I taught for two years at the school I student taught at but ultimately I felt it wasn't the right place for me. I got hired at a new school and will start teaching there In August. I'll be teaching Academic US II (juniors) and AP US Government & Politics (mostly seniors). I've had a few summer in service days as well as mandatory meetings so far and I've met alot of the other teachers and all of the history department. There are only two teachers teaching AP Gov (me being one of them). I have 2 of the AP Gov classes and the other teacher has only one AP Gov class (she also has one AP US 1 class and 3 AP US II classes) while I have the 2 AP Gov classes and 3 Academic US II classes. Anyway our subjects are very similar so I've spent quite some time trying to get to know her. She was extremely nice and helpful to me. Anyway I told her I was nervous about teaching seniors because at my last school I had all World History classes (freshman) and I hadn't really worked with the older grades and asked her what she does about senioritis. She gave me some advice and then she said she was happy to teach the one AP Gov class with seniors because she's had most of the kids in her AP 1 & 2 classes and knows them well. Then she told me about a student who meant a lot to her. The girl had a troubling home situation and this teacher helped her. It's a long story but it truly was very touching. Anyway to make a long story short class schedules were sent home and I got my class list. On friday we had to go into school and there was a girl waiting to speak to me. I was a little taken aback to see a student coming in in the summer not knowing how in the world she'd know what random days we'd be in but politely introduced myself. Apparently this was the girl who the other Gov teacher was talking about. She actually emailed the other gov teacher asking when was the next time she could come in and speak to us because she'd been placed in *my* class and not the other teacher's. She's apparently very upset (almost crying) and told me it wasn't fair and she wouldn't do any work for me. I was suprised to hear this from an almost 18 year old advanced placement student (who is, I've heard, number 4 in her class of 594). And it's not like I make the schedules! Anyway you can say I was relieved when the other Gov teacher came in. My relief only lasted about 2 seconds though because the other teacher basically looked right through me and told the girl "I know it's not fair. I wanted you in MY class too honey. Maybe try complaining." Talk about support?? Without one word to me the other teacher took the girl and they walked away. I can understand the teacher was disappointed but she's adult...a professional! I didn't ask for this... Should I go to the guidance office and ask them to switch it?? I can understand their feelings, I guess but the way the whole situation unfolded I felt very embarrassed/awkward.