At my school, I have to turn to the administrative assistant for many issues such as technological problems, grade book problems, makeup testing. And this secretary has gotten into the habit of giving me unsolicited advice when I tell her about some of these problems or issues. For example, the projector in my classroom had an issue, so I called her to get it fixed. She didn't have or didn't want to take the time to get it fixed immediately, so she gave me unsolicited recommendations to use another teacher's classroom for their projector. Obviously, I preferred to stay in my own classroom, but could I tell her I needed my projector fixed NOW, and she had to figure out how to do that? Another example is that I told her to contact a student again for makeup testing. She responded saying she had already emailed the student one time, and in her opinion she thought the student had enough notification about the makeup testing, so I should just "let it be" until the student found their own initiative to schedule the testing. She didn't outright refuse to email the student again, but she advised me it wasn't necessary in her opinion. How should I handle this type of unsolicited advice when it interferes passively or actively with what I am trying to do? Even if it doesn't interfere with what I am doing, should I tell her to shut up and do her own job rather than attempting to do my job? She is a secretary, and I have much more experience in education, and I am a teacher, but because she is the only go-between for a number of problems, all the teachers have to turn to her for help on many different issues. Should I just keep quiet and bite my tongue, since I have to deal with her and do not want to upset her? Can I gently tell her to stop giving me unsolicited advice? Is unsolicited advice ever useful? For example, she warned me that the principal did not like me having her follow up on my emails, and he lied and said he had answered some of my emails when he had not done so. Is this unsolicited advice useful even if I did not ask for her opinion?