How about volunteering? Would that be a good way to get my foot in the door and get some experience?
It looks like I will be riding out the year at my current job. The main reason behind this is that when the plant closes, I get a nice severance package that gives me enough money to survive a while on. Plus I can get $6,000 to put towards schooling. That leaves me plenty to get my generalist certification.
My plan is to possibly volunteer this year. As for next year, I plan to take the steps required to get my generalist cert and hopefully grab a job as a substitute teacher. I will also apply like mad for a job in the districts near where I am at. At least that way if I do not find anything, I can always fall back on being a substitute teacher for that first year. If I do a good job, it may be a great foot in the door at the schools I substitute at, hopefully allowing an easier entrance into the school.
It is crazy that I am not scared at all. I am actually more motivated than I have ever been in the past.