Building Substitute or Classroom Paraprofessional? I’m one of those young certified elementary teacher job seekers (I’ve used this forum frequently over the summer and found plenty of great cover letter/resume/interview tips, so thank you!) and last year I took a job as a 3rd grade classroom paraprofessional (in 1 room all year helping the teacher, focusing on 8 kids). I loved it, I had a really good year there and it was a learning experience for me because it was a very low-income (over ½ the student body was eligible for free/reduced lunch, no technology class, just 1 computer per classroom) low-family involvement (a no-homework policy and more paraprofessionals than parents showed up to the kindergarten and 5th grade graduations) district so it wasn’t like the schools I had student taught, interned, and substituted at previously. I got good experience working with students in special education and a great recommendation from the teacher I worked with all year. Over the summer I applied for full time teaching jobs, long term substitute jobs, and permanent building substitute jobs. Got some interviews (especially the week before school started) but no further successes. With no luck, I went back to my school as a paraprofessional. The principal had me follow some of my students from last year up to 4th grade, so I’m in a 4th grade classroom with a teacher who I really enjoy so far for her use of Responsive Classroom, Bucket Fillers, and Math Workshop, and I think I could learn a lot from her. However, I got a call from a very high end school district asking me to interview for a permanent building substitute position at a K-5 school. I interviewed and got offered the job. It guarantees employment every day and I am first in line if long term substitute positions arise (however there are no long term substitutes needed as of now). If it was still the summer I would take it without hesitations, but now I’m 5 days in to my paraprofessional job and I don’t want to lose ties with this school (although the principal knew I was looking for a teaching position all summer) and I have the guilty conscience of leaving the teacher and my kids, especially the ones I worked with last year. My question IS… will a permanent building substitute or a classroom paraprofessional job look better on my resume and help me in working towards getting my own classroom? Money/Benefits not an issue. PULLING ME TOWARDS STAYING AS A PARAPROFESSIONAL -I love the upper elementary grades, so I’m excited to be in 4th grade. -Guilty conscience/I don’t want it to look bad that I’m leaving now that the year started -The principal of the school I’m a paraprofessional at knows I’m a certified teacher and does use me to substitute for my teacher during meetings. Last year I even got to substitute for the teacher on sick/personal days and then someone else came in to the classroom to be my substitute. -I’m “part of the class” as a paraprofessional (I form the relationships with the kids and teacher in my class, I create some of the lessons for my kids who need the assignment modifications I go on the field trip with them, and have the school celebrations with them). If I take the substitute job I don’t want to be looked at as “just a sub” who covers classes and is used for every bus duty and lunch/recess duty PULLING ME TOWARDS PERMANENT BUILDING SUBSTITUTE -Getting known in another school -Gaining more experience with all the elementary grade levels -Getting the chance to be in complete control of the classes -Having multiple teachers to learn from on days when nobody is absent -Technology: Each classroom has a SMARTBoard, which I got trained in during my Master’s internship before I worked as a paraprofessional, I’m very into teaching with technology -Possibility of long-term substitute (but no guarantee) Any thoughts as to which will look better on my resume for becoming a classroom teacher?