I began a job in a really great school district as an aide this September, hoping it would lead me to a full time position. I haven't even made it through month two and I am already realizing that this district hires basically only leave replacements to fill their open positions. I feel almost like a "second class citizen" every day.. most of the time I am barely acknowledged by the classroom teacher unless photocopies or laminating or some other menial task is needed. I am going crazy from boredom and feeling like I could be doing so much more.. to make matters worse, the teacher that I work with for most of the week is going out on leave for the rest of the year starting in December, and the replacement is barely old enough to have graduated college! The highlights of my week are the four periods during which I get to teach social studies to a small group of LLD students. I cannot stand sitting/standing in a corner while someone else does the instruction. I am seriously starting to wonder if I am wasting my time here.. do aide positions ever lead to teaching jobs? One of my best friends just started a second grade position this year after spending two years as an aide in a different district. Should I just start looking for something else, like a maternity leave?