Help. I just landed my first real teaching job -- a six month position in a middle school. I'm really going to be the "new kid on the block" and I probably won't get a mentor teacher as I'm starting mid-year. What do I tell the other teachers at the school when they ask "how long have you been teaching" or "where did you teach last"? The teacher I'm filling in for has seen my resume (and knows this is my first job) but I don't know what the other teachers on my team will know. Because I have been teaching ESL and test prep to young adults for a few years, I could fake it with a vague answer to make it look like I have more experience than I do. But if I admit that I this is my first job with kids I could get valuable advice and help. I really want the other teachers to have confidence in my teaching, but I'm afraid of feeling completely isolated and overwhelmed without a mentor. So, should I admit to my colleagues that it's my first teaching job if asked?