I am a high school teacher (Masters degree with years of experience)and my classroom has a connecting door with the ISS (in school suspension) classroom.
Between our two classrooms, there is a small (6x10) storage area that I have cleaned out and fixed up to accommodate a small sofa, my refrigerator, microwave, and storage locker, etc.
The ISS coordinator is an assistant position, not a certified role and has never expressed an interest in utilizing this space. We are both new to our classrooms this year (and this is his first year at this school while I have been here for seven years) so it is a new set-up.
I have no issue with the ISS coordinator but rather with his wife who recently got hired on as our work-based learning transition coach. She has her classroom in a completely different building but regularly comes over here during her 75 minute planning period (she is a certified staff member).
She has recently started hanging out in this room, using my microwave and fridge, using up all of my paper towels, and allowing her high school daughter to come and hang out in this room as well.
I feel that I have priority to the room since I am the one who cleaned it up and organized it and also because I am the actual certified teacher while her husband is in an assistant role.
I can't even comfortably use the space during my lunch break because it falls right in the middle of her planning period when she is hanging out in there, fixing food, etc. I tried to drop some hints initially about it but she has acted oblivious.
How do I handle this? I feel like administration would totally back my position, but I don't really want to go that route.
She has never once asked if I minded if she used the space, borrow my microwave/refrigerator or my paper towels, paper plates, etc.
I guess I would feel differently if she didn't act so entitled and apparently she doesn't have enough work to keep her busy if she is constantly hanging out in her husband's ISS room during her planning period!