This past May I was offered a job teaching preschool in a private school. This was a huge step up in salary and career, especially considering I was working in a private nursery school and was looking to make the leap to elementary. I let them know in my interview that I was very interested in teaching elementary grades eventually, and they said they are expanding to a middle school and many elementary teachers will be moving up, so there will be classrooms open next year. Now I get an email from the school saying they are looking for a third grade teacher since the last one resigned for a job closer to her house! I am so disappointed as I would LOVE this job, but all my experience (2 years) is in Pre-K and they hired me specifically for preschool. I know the woman I am replacing is coming back for next year, although they assured me it is not a leave replacement as they only do one year contracts. It is a small school (one classroom per grade level) and they review contracts in March-April. I know this is looking far ahead, but how can I reiterate that my passion lies with children a little older, even though I have no paid experience in that area? And how can I assure I get one of those classrooms instead of...gulp...getting let go? Sorry, just feeling a bit down, but I am trying to remind myself that everything happens for a reason..