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This is my second year to teach. My now former aide is friends with three of my student's parents. One of these parents is also a student teacher. She had a small daycare in her home and kept two of my students. Needless to say, they all know each other.
My aide informed them of everything I did.
She compared me to the former teacher that had 20 years of experience.
She was a big gossip. She would talk about the teacher next door all of the time, so I always wondered what she was saying about me.
My parents questioned my abilities. They have gone to the principal and claimed that I was just about to create and teach my first lesson after 5 weeks after school began.
I go above and beyond what is required of me. I am the only teacher at my school that maintains a class website. I stay after school every day, and work one day on the weekend.
I post my lessons on the website each week. This proved to my principal that I did create lessons and knew what the curriculum was.
In October, I finally had enough with all of my aide's gossip.
I asked her to go next door because I didn't need her help that day.
She went straight to the principal.
I wasn't mean and I didn't raise my voice.
The principal didn't take my side. I had to apologize.
I now have a new aide. but my former aide works next door and continues to spy on me and call parents.
During Christmas, one of these parents went to the principal complaining that I didn't tell her what to bring to the Christmas party.
I didn't contact her because I didn't need anything.
Classroom party planning is new to me.
Last week, one of these parents went to the principal and requested that her child be removed from my class. She was upset because while her daughter was playing teacher at home, she told her stuffed animals if they talked that they would have to change their color.
She didn't want her daughter to play "teacher" that way. She also told the principal that she heard that I was on probation. The principal corrected her by informing her that I was a new teacher and that all new teachers are on probation for 3 years. She told her this wasn't for disciplinary reasons.
This parent didn't want the principal to tell me about her concerns.
My principal refused to move the student. Unfortunately, the mother removed the child from our school.
I wish my principal would encourage the parents to come to me with their concerns.
I love my kids. I love teaching. I know I have a lot to learn, I just wish they would give me a chance.
My new aide recently told me that she also heard that I was on probation before she began working with me. This means the rumor started at school.
I was upset about this. My reputation as a teacher is probably ruined.
I asked my principal if she would address the issue of probation on the bulletin board in the teacher's work room. She never addressed the issue.
I don't know what to do.
I forwarded positive notes from the parents who do appreciate me.
I also mentioned that if I was such a bad teacher why one of my parents from last year would request that her child be placed in my room again this year. (I moved up a grade level this year.)
She asked me if I was friends with this parent prior to meeting her at school. I didn't know her before becoming a teacher. It hurt me that my principal asked me this. She always claims she has known such and such for "x" number of years.
I am tired of feeling like I have to prove myself.
She claims I need to work on my communication skills and learn how to treat people.
I am about to give up on defending myself.