This is the end of my third year teaching at the High school level. I teach mixed grades Video Production and Photography. Within the last three years, I've double the video program in terms of numbers of students taking the classes, and the after school club went from 4 students to 33 this year. My first year of teaching, I was awarded Rookie of the Year in the district. My department head loves what I've been doing and wants me to stay. However, my principal doesn't like me personally. He has harassed me, bullied me, threaten my job multiple times. Now that it is the end of the year, he told me that there are "strong indications" that my contract will not be renewed. Obviously when I was told this, I was crushed. My students have started a petition and got 425 signatures out of a student body of 1,100 to try and convince the administration to keep me on. They also have been wearing shirts, arm bands, and head bands in support of keeping me at this school. They will also be going to the next School Committee with parents and community members to argue to keep me too. Clearly, I've had a positive impact on them. But now I'm faced with a dilemma. If they don't change their minds, and they let me go, should I stay in the teaching profession? I love my students, but dealing with administration is clearly difficult. I don't want to start all over with a new school, and have to wait three more years of probationary job security. If I don't go through with it, am I giving up on something that I'm good at or is am I supposed to be doing something else? I have no idea what to do. I've applied to 24 more jobs (none are teaching jobs) but I haven't heard from any of them yet... And if the district changes their mind and allows me to keep my job and enter into professional status, I'm going to have to deal with the administration that I know doesn't want me there. Should I even stay if they do keep me? I don't know what to do. Any one have any thoughts?