I know I'm overthinking this email. Help!

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  1. miss-m

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    Alright. So I taught last year at a school that was a little crazy but had a GREAT staff. My team and P were amazing. I left because I had an opportunity to move to Mexico for a year (something I'd been wanting to do for a while), which did not work out - I came back after 2.5 months. Since I returned to the States after the school year had started, I missed all the full time positions and have been subbing.

    It's fine; it's not ideal.

    So I looked at the district site and saw that my school from last year has an opening for an intervention tutor - it's not a certified position, but it is full time. It was posted in May, so I'm not even entirely sure it's still open, but I want to email the P just in case, and to let her know I've applied.

    I also get really self-conscious about emails, so my greetings in them feel awkward and forced every time. My emails to her last year alternated between "Mrs. Lastname" and "Firstname" because I can't for the life of me get comfortable calling her either one - Last name feels too formal, first name feels too informal.

    So someone please put me out of my misery - how do I write this email?
     
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  3. MissScrimmage

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    I usually start with a "Good morning" or "Good afternoon" and skip names altogether when I'm unsure.
     
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    Since you are emailing for a job opportunity, use her last name.
     
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    Unless I'm already working within a district and just contacting a new person that I've simply never met before, I tend to go last name. That'd be the safest bet out of the two.
     
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    Last name. Use first names after you get the job.
     
  7. miss-m

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    I’ll likely email using her last name - but just to clarify, she’s my P from last year so I do know her. That’s where the dilemma comes in. But since it’s asking about a job, I’m probably more comfortable with last name even though I’ve already worked for her.
     
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    If you're emailing about a job (or anything official), be formal. If you were her bff you could probably call her by her first name, "Good morning, Barb.''

    Good morning, Ms. so and so,
    I'm writing to inquire about the position I read about... blah blah blah
     
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    If unsure, I always err on the side of too formal and use Title Last Name even with people in my own district.
     
  10. TrademarkTer

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    This 100%. I do this even when I am sure.
     
  11. miss-m

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    Update - I finally just sucked it up and emailed her, and she emailed me right back asking if I'd like to interview because the job is still open! Fingers crossed that it goes well and I can get back to my school. I miss my coworkers and students so much.
     

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