How Can I Stop Rescuing A Problem Assistant?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about irresponsible dependent assistant: Also, I have to work with side by side with Jane 40 hours a week. I don’t want to provide any more assistance to Jane because her problems are a bottomless pit but I want to have a good working relationship with her. I just want this problem to go away.

 I am a Special Education teacher at a middle school. Since the beginning of this school year, I have been working with an Instructional Assistant who has a boatload of personal problems and has been “written up” twice in the last three years for theft in the workplace. At the end of the last school year, I was told by my principal who my new Instructional Assistant would be. When I mentioned to coworkers who my new Instructional Assistant would be, several coworkers warned me to be cautious with this new coworker as previous teachers that she had worked with had suspected her of stealing school supplies from their classroom.

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