I really, really need to get a new postion teaching. First off, I need the $ of working in public schools, (yeah, I know it demonstrates the waste of $ the public sector has v private-but YOU try to get by on less than 30k, after 5 years, 3 bachelor's and over 1/2 way through master's.) I also want to move on to high school. While I love the hormonal challenge offered and innocence still found in Middle School, I've conquered the curriculum and want to go a bit further. Right now, I get to use the history info, but the sociology and political science are gathering dust. (ok, not really, but you should see the poor kids eyes glaze over when I go on with Concentric Zone theory! :shocked: ) I really need some AP classes here! In the spring I filled out countless online apps for my area, just about anything within an hour's drive, except Chicago, because they have a residency requirement-unless one makes over 50k, can't get a decent apartment in a decent neighborhood, and then I'd have to give up my home and car. No way could I afford to buy in Chicago! Not a peep on any of them, though my son's Social Studies Chair, who was his AP/Honors course teacher for 3 years, called me to say he had my resume and there was no openings this year, but he knew of 11 for next, so that was something. (Didn't hurt the kid is a brainiac in political science and economics, though swings left! Alas, :shocked: , I fault the Chair for this, but have never let him know. I also helped him, taking 2 personal days, on a mock UN meeting for the sophomore class, so that's an 'in.') Today went to a 'teacher's job fair,' in the Loop. Great location, on Michigan Ave across from the Art Institute. Parked, ($15), went to the Art Institute for 2 hours, then to the fair. While there were 30 districts, all but 2 of them were either out of my specialties, or over an hour's drive. Went for the one in 'better area' closer to my home. Stood in line for 3.5 hours. Got the interview, 'no social studies openings this year, but tons expected next year.' She asked if I'd applied to area schools in the spring, I answered, "Yes, of course." She asked if I'd had any interviews, I said, "No. I can't figure out why." She said that I might be percieved as 'threatening' to some department chairs, too many degrees and now going for an administrative one. (Which could apply to chairing.) She asked how close to endorsements in econ, the only 'social study' I'm not certified or endorsed in? I said 3 courses, which I could take at the community college. She gave me her phone and the superintendent's phone and said to call in January. She also told me that an opening could happen at any time, would I be willing to leave, if called? I said, "I don't know, I'd have to have a real call, I couldn't hypothesize that." Business savvy or school savvy ones, what if they should call after September? Think it would be seen as 'screwing the school one has a 'contract' with, though we all know it wouldn't be enforced? What about the kids I'm teaching at the time? We are talking $48k per year v $28+ where I am now.