New Teacher Hired, Pissing Off Veteran Staff, Help?
April 15, 2014 2:35 PM Subscribe
I'm in my first year as a principal at a special needs high school and recently, the school director (above me organizationally) hired a new teacher who isn't quite fitting in.
Far too many staff members have approached me and basically, this new teacher is pissing a lot of people off. It's not worthwhile to get into specifics, but it is fair to say that their issues are valid and this new teacher acts like a know-it-all, she's fairly abrasive and dismissive to seasoned staff. These teachers are well-respected in our field and great at their jobs.
posted by kinetic to Human Relations (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
She's not doing anything for which we can dismiss her, she's just kind of a know-it-all pain in the ass.
The easiest way to describe it is that she thinks she's a maverick with all sorts of innovative ideas, but if she stopped yakking all the time and just observed and listened a bit, she'd see that a lot of her ideas are just kind of silly and unworkable. Or some have been tried and didn't work.
I've worked with her type before as a coworker, and I know how to deal with someone in that regard, but as a new administrator, I'm struggling.
I don't want to invalidate my incredibly talented, hard-working and amazing staff in any way. I don't want them to think they can't express concerns to me, and this woman is kind of a jerk. But I also don't want to create a culture where we all hate the new girl.
I've spoken with the new teacher, suggesting she get to learn the ropes and routine a bit before she tells other teachers how they should be running their classes, and she was not receptive to that message. I've suggested to the veteran staff to keep doing their wonderful work and give her some time to get settled.
Right now, the culture at the school is definitely shifting because there used to be a great sense of camaraderie in working together. Now people are angry.
So, managers and administrators, knowing that I can't get this new teacher on board, how can I best support my amazing staff?