Hello everyone, I am new to the forums. I am lucky enough to have just been hired as a Special Ed teacher at a HS in upstate NY. I will be in a self contained classroom. I was informed that the position that I have taken over was a leave replacement last year taught by a teacher who was a TA in the class the year before. He has two years of experience in that room - one as the TA one as the lead teacher. The P told me that he will be returning to the role of TA this year. Another TA told me that he was quite upset/frustrated that he did not get my job and was very vocal to the faculty at the end of the school year that he was going to get my position. The other TA told me that he is very well liked by the students, so my question is how can I establish authority in the class and still utilize him as a resource and not have him take over control like he had all last year. I don't think it is fair to me or him if we establish a co-teacher role and feel like this is my time to step up as the lead teacher and just let him assist. I don't want to have any conflicts with him and don't want our relationship to negatively impact any student learning. Any advice?