Hi everyone! I need advice on a couple different things. For one, I did not have a positive student teaching experience. My mentor teacher was psycho, and no I'm not exaggerating. I had to go inside twice during recess because I was sick. I let her and the other teachers out there know. She didn't believe that I was really sick and said I left the students unsupervised and went to the principal and let him know. There was way more that happened. The principal listened to her on everything, including her saying I have poor classroom management. He said it was a safety concern. That was not true. There was one boy in the class that was a major behavior issue and I couldn't get him in line. Ironically, he's now been removed from the class. Surprise, Surprise. Anyway, I did not ask for a letter of recommendation from her. I asked for one from my college supervisor. He wrote me one. However, on EVERY job application, you have to list your student teaching unless you've been teaching for 3 years or more. If any principal I try to obtain a job from calls the principal at the school where I did my student teaching or calls the mentor teacher I'm done. I won't be believed over a principal. Today I just got my third job rejection. It was for a maternity leave and I am 99% certain I was competing against only 2 other people. The interview went REALLY well! Looking back at it, there's not much I would change. It went extremely well. They were very impressed with my answers. They said I checked everything they were looking for in regards to my reading block. They were impressed when I brought up specific curriculum names and even brought someone else in the room to have me repeat one of my answers. However, he asked the principal's name at the school where I did my student teaching. He said he used to work in the area and that his name didn't look familiar. I gave it (didn't have a choice) and now I'm wondering if he contacted him. After the interview, I sent excellent thank you notes to all four people who interviewed me. Both the principal and assistant principal responded to my email and thanked me and said it was nice to meet me. So when the principal called me 3 days later, I thought I had the job but it was a rejection call. He told me they decided to go with another candidate. Question 1: How do I get a job despite my horrible student teaching experience? Surely I can't be the only one who had a bad experience and didn't get along with my mentor teacher. Question 2: Do you think he contacted the principal at the school where I did my student teaching? I don't understand how they can be this impressed with me but not want to hire me. And I only had 2 people to compete against. Question 3: Why can't I get a job?!! I've interviewed for 2 maternity leave positions and one position where the teacher left to pursue another opportunity. Rejected every time. Two of them called, one sent me an email. The way I see it is this interview that went as close to flawlessly as an interview can go, if I didn't get the job this time with that amazing interview, I'll never get one. It literally went that well. So when I got a rejection call, it was mindblowing. And it looks bad that nobody will hire me and I'm just having to sub. But it's really pathetic when I can't get a maternity leave position when I'm competing against only two other people.