Hi! Have any of you ever been pigeon-holed into one grade, and if so, how did you get out of it? I taught 2nd grade for 8 years and 3rd grade for one year at my first school. Then we moved to a new state and I taught 3rd grade for 2 years. My last year, I did a 3rd/4th split. We moved again and I applied to every job posting, K-5th but the only interviews I could get were for 4th or 5th. I joked abut it at the time, that all anyone saw on my resume was that one mention of 4th grade and they pegged me for a 4th grade teacher. I got hired to teach 4th and have just spent 3 years in 4th. I definitely want to go back to lower grades and I told my principal that. She said she sees me more as an intermediate teacher but she would remember what I said. Well, my school lost a position this year due to declining enrollment and I am the one who got cut, because even though I have three years there I am the newest hire. I am interviewing all over again, in the same district. I decided this was my opportunity to go back to primary so I am only applying for K-3 jobs. I am clearly stating in my cover letter that although I enjoyed teaching fourth grade, I really love the primary grades and want to move to one of those grades. Out of 9 posted jobs I applied for, I have only gotten 3 interviews and did not get any of those jobs. In fact, at the first interview where they were hiring both a 1st grade and a 2nd grade teacher, the principal started off by introducing the fourth grade teacher she had invited to the interview, because they also have a 4th grade opening and I'm a fourth grade teacher, right? Have any of you dealt with something like this? How did you convince people that you are a great match for the job you want, not what they think you are by glancing at a piece of paper?