So I've been less active on ST than I was before... I knew eventually I'd feel the need to share my story with everyone here, especially the fellow teachers. @Eddie I thought of all your prior teacher wisdom and had felt it was time. After 4 years of dedicated service at a private school, I was let go of back in June, just as everyone was anticipating a much deserved month of vacation after 10 months of grueling work. Some teachers were ready to call it quits from what I remember. It seemed every year got harder and more and more was expected of us, with little compensation, not to mention the dirty side of administration and authorities - but in the end, it's the passion for teaching and helping students achieve their goals that drives us. Because of the negative experience I had working at this private school, I doubted if I ever wanted to work in that type of environment, almost a 1000 students and 200+ personnel between teachers, administrative staff and maintenance workers. Fussy coworkers were not easy to deal with, and the good teachers always got stuck between a rock and authorities/parents/school psychologists/students/department of education, etc. etc. Following two months of vacation and a decent severance pay, I decided enough was enough and that I wanted to work at a school again. After all, what I enjoy most is working with and teaching kids. My resume and cover letter needed some updating, so once that was done, I began responding to several ads online from local private schools. I felt like I had put out my intentions to the universe and the universe responded within days: my wifes' cousin who coincidentally began working at my old school as the Doctor, told me about a job opening at a school 10 minutes away. Since I recently moved out of the city and into the valley, this was great. Getting to the point, I got interviewed, offered a nice salary and began working there as of last week. I was painted a picture that seemed attractive, but was not realistic. After a week of being there, I realize I may have made a big mistake. The school, nor the authorities, are very supportive when it comes to basic information about how the school runs, its documents and formats, etc. Some teachers quit during the first week and now us new teachers have been given crazy schedules and none of the older teachers care to even acknowledge us, much less help us in any way. The few who are nice, look like they live in constant fear and stress. My coordinator cannot be counted on, and after asking for certain information, not receiving it and going straight to the higher ups for help, she has become resentful with me. The ladies in accounting are less than nice. Classes have no computers, no speakers, no curtains. The projectors, if the class has one, are faulty and turn off after 5 minutes of operation. Others have vga cables that no longer work. There are no printers for teachers, and everyone must bring their own printed documents/worksheets etc. and buy a laptop if they don't have one. As well as speakers. Oh yes, uniforms are not cheap. A good chunk of my first paycheck will be going to uniforms and a laptop, if I decide to buy one. I used to work until 2 and now I work until 4. We've been told we have to work a few Saturdays in the year, and since I study on the side, it is really difficult to adapt to this change. Today there was a meeting with the principal and vice principal and initially I thought it would make things clear and help. Now, I am confirming that I have made a big mistake and there is no turning back. I am not a quitter, and the kids are the only redeeming factor in this entire crazy illogical equation. I want to give it a chance, but don't think I can survive for long with such unorganized, unstructured people. If you even got this far, I appreciate your time. But if you have some advice for me, I'd appreciate it much more! Rant over.