So, all of you know, on some level anyway, that I do not like where I work. I LOVE my job, but I do NOT like the place in which I work. This is my second year here and I feel like I am not a part of the school community at all.
Also, given that I am a speech therapist at the school, I don't have a grade-level team, and don't have to do all of the things that a general ed teacher has to do. And, a lot of meetings that we have are about classroom management, data-related things to tests, etc. All of which I don't have a part in. So, many times when we have staff meetings and I see the agenda, that it doesn't apply to me, I don't attend, and instead do seminars or other things for continuing education or catch up on/complete the tons of paperwork I have to do. My principals and supervisor have never once said that this is a problem.
Ok, so at the start of the year, this chick who works next to me doing a reading program (not in the classroom), asked me if I had time in my schedule to help with this program the school was starting this year. I told her I needed to look into it, and at that point I didn't know my caseload entirely yet. Once I saw that my caseload had almost DOUBLED from the year before, and spoke to my supervisor about it, we both agreed that I wouldn't have the time to commit to the program so I sent the chick a polite email telling her this and that I was really sorry. I never got a response and since then she hasn't said a word to me, even in passing in the hallway. And her office is literally right next to mine. I've told her I like her outfits and things and I get a quiet "thanks" or she ignores it altogether.
So, today we had a staff meeting and I saw that the agenda related to me, so I went to the meeting. It was short and totally related to me, so all good in the hood, right?
Well, after the meeting Im walking to the bathroom, pass this chick in the hallway and after we've passed each other she goes "Jenn, it was good seeing you up there today".....and I'm so taken aback that 1) she is talking to me and 2) that she is saying THAT, that I go "huh?" and she repeats it. Again, still kind of shocked that she had the nerve to say that (and for what reason?), I just go "umm....ok" and go to the bathroom. She said it with this kind of smug look on her face, or like she was trying to see how or if I would react.
It was bitchy, right? My friend Trish thinks so, and I am sitting here fuming, because 1) what the hell does it matter to her if I go or not? and 2) why does she feel like she has the right to say something to me about it?
Also, if you think it's bitchy, do you think I should say something to her? Or just continue to ignore her like she has done the first 9 weeks of school?