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I am a library teacher in an inner city school, and it was a "long-term sub" position. That means no contract or safety net, same expectations. Fine. I loved working in the library. The middle schoolers ate me alive, but I did tremendously well with the elementary kids, and some of the middle schoolers too.<br><br>
I have now received a plum 1st grade position in the same city, at an amazing school that has overcome many odds. It's contracted, I'm protected, and very blessed to have it.<br><br>
I met the new long-term sub today, and he doesn't seem to give a rat's tail. He seemed bored. My principal didn't get a good feeling from him either. My poor kids. They were learning to really love library, even requesting to see me in the mornings during breakfast, getting excited over each new book. It was thrilling for me, and this guy just doesn't seem interested in the beauty that's right in front of him. It's like he just wants easy money as a glorified babysitter. Or he doesn't really like the kids in our area. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Today I was prepping my kindergarteners about getting a new librarian. I said "This new man would like very much to try library since he never has before, so he'll have his own ideas and rules. Will you guys be extra good for him so he can learn how to be a good library teacher?" One little guy said, "We shouldn't upset him, because it's his first try." I don't think this man cares as deeply as my little ones do.<br><br>
This new job is going to be wonderful, I know it, but I am feeling great anxiety about what's going to happen to my kids that I have now.<br><br>
Monday is my last day.<br><br>
Any words of advice?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I, too, had to give up a position (for housing reasons... long story...) and was replaced by someone who didn't much care. It broke my heart. Now, a year later, the position has been filled by someone I know, who is absolutely 100% awesome, but it was SO hard leaving, and knowing that I was leaving them behind.<br><br>
I don't have any real advice, because it sucked big time for me, too. I felt everything you've described. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Good luck with your new position.<br><br>
I think dwelling on this guy is counterproductive. Let him know that you'd be glad to give him any help you can, but that's about all you can do. You didn't decide to hire him, and if he's as bad as you think he will be, hopefully he won't last. But it doesn't sound like you are in any position to affect that situation one way or another. In the future, maybe you'll be on search committees and can have some input.
 
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