So, at my new school, I don't have a mentor. There are a couple of teachers who have been very helpful in filling me in on things and helping me get acclimated. I actually like them a lot, but this really gets to me. Our contracted hours are 8:15 to 3:15. I'm almost always there by 7:45, and I never leave before 4:15. Every time I leave, (and I do mean EVERY time) I hear the same thing from one of the teachers: "You're leaving already?" It really gets to me so today I said back "Well, I have two kids at home and they need me." So she said back "Oh, I understand. But you should let them know that you need at least one day a week to stay at school and get things done." hmy: For the record, I always bring work home with me so it's not like I just check out at 4:15 and I'm done. But I really don't think I need any excuses anyway after 8 1/2 hours of work including me sitting in my room grading papers while I'm eating my lunch. When I look at our sign out sheet, most people are long gone when I leave, but maybe this teacher thinks that because I'm new, I should stay until who knows when. She apparently stays late every night for reasons I don't understand since she's been there for 20 years and I would think that things should run pretty smoothly after all that time. I'm not trying to be negative about her. Like I said, she's been very helpful and she told me that the principal asked her how I was doing and she was very complimentary. I just worry that since she's apparently got the principal's ear, she's going to communicate that I'm not putting in enough time. But since when does an 8 1/2 hour day constitute "leaving early"?