The teacher I work with and have a brilliant working relationship is going on maternity in July and won't be back to school until May/June 2012. My Head Teacher has found cover for this period but I'm really not keen on the teacher she's chosen. When we chatted about maternity cover during my performance management review, two names were put forward and although I didn't actually say how I felt about this particular teacher and I did make it clear in my comments that I preferred the other one. I didn't think it was very professional to say how stronly I really felt, as I am "only" ( I hate that "only" word as we are so much more ! ) the teaching assistant. Was told today of her decision but still didn't feel I could say anything, so my head teacher thinks I'm okay with everything and I'm really not. I love my job but for the next two terms I've got to put on a brave face and keep smiling, even though inside I feel like crying. Should I have been more honest ? Too late now I know !!!!!!!