I started a new teaching job, and my co-worker has been passive-aggressive towards me even though I have told her directly to use a direct communication style with me. She's been trying to use her position as lead teacher as a power source to show me who's the boss. She's changed the class flow and my lunch break several times, claiming that she's trying to adjust them to fit the classroom flow. Based on my observation, she's running around like a headless chicken managing preschoolers without a clue. I gave her unsolicited advice about classroom management, and she has not responded well. I hate to see her, and the children suffer and create chaos in the classroom. She blames me for creating negative energy stating that having two adults in the room, facilitating children's interactions, disrupts their social communication. I admit that it's partially true, but when I am the silent observer and notetaker, the lead teacher ends up having to chase preschoolers and stop them from misbehaving. Clearly, the lead teacher does not know how to manage preschoolers, and the preschoolers are not getting their needs met. My talents are planning a play-based curriculum, assist children with special needs, and transitions; I also know how to use technology. She personally and professionally chooses to limit her use of technology. She has helped in a mixed-age preschool classroom, but this is her first year as a lead teacher for a Montessori program. Last week, I observed her create a hot mess metaphorically and for real. Should I start looking for a new job or stick with this job until they fire me? I like my job and the children, but the lead teacher has such a massive ego that she's drowning in the quicksand that she has built for herself.
I had a hiatus from teaching for over six years and didn't know if I could manage to be a lead teacher, so I applied for the assistant teacher position. Maybe, I should start looking for a new job? I want to make this work for at least one year. I welcome new perspectives.