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A: As a matter of fact, we have both been in your same position. Like you, we have had wonderful, supportive principals — but we also have had a few who were not well-suited to this particular job.
Our best advice is to concentrate on the students in your classroom and continue to do what you do best. If incidents occur, be sure to document and date, so if anything happens where you might need this at a later date, it will be readily available.
Don’t get caught up in faculty grumblings, as this only exacerbates the problem. If you still don’t feel comfortable in the spring when job openings begin to post, moving to another building is often an excellent option.
As hard as it may be to leave your friends and coworkers, new opportunities may prove to be worth the sacrifice. If we can survive it, you can, too. Let us know if we can be of any further help. Best of luck.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.