How do you cope? My teacher best friend is retiring this year, and likely moving to another area of our state to be closer to her grandchildren. I'm happy and excited for her, but I cried for over an hour tonight. I'm not sure I know how to teach without her across the hall from me. She's my security blanket. My teacher best friend and my work wife (or work mother, whatever, she's old enough to be my mom). Has your teacher best friend ever left for whatever reason? What do you do? How do you come back? Needing coping mechanisms. Give them to me.