I'm going into my 3rd year looking for a job. For the past 2 years I have been a permanent sub in a building that I love and have been asked back by the principal for a third year. However, it is up to HR if I can go back for a third year or not and I won't know until mid-September. (hence my venting post yesterday, haha) I was happy to be asked back for a third year since there are 2 possible retirements at the end of this year. However, they recently cut a class at most of the grade levels, so if the retirements go through, they already have teachers to shift around throughout the grade levels to replace them next year. I have been getting mixed reviews of whether the district hires from within for jobs, some say yes and some say no. In this position I'm not eligible for leave replacements, and they seem to hire leave replacements more often than perm. subs. A friend of my mother has a daughter who was a leave replacement in this district for 2.5 years. When tenure came up, they got rid of her position instead of offering tenure. She found a job at a very prestigious private academy and LOVES it there. It sounds like a dream work environment for any teacher. She is on track to become a P next year when the current one retires in June. She also has a large tutoring client base from the students at the school. Her headmaster told her he's getting her a TA this year, so her mom thought of me & asked for me resume to hand in to him to recommend me for the position. With her possibly moving up to P, that would leave her job open for September. Where I am, you have 5 years to complete 3 years of teaching, with one of those being mentored. Being a substitute counts, however, I do not get a mentor in my current position. Being a TA here does not count for the year. I am torn between whether to wait it out and return to my perm. sub job (my P doesn't think it will be a problem, but he doesn't want to ask HR until he submits my name), or taking the TA position. The perm. sub will keep me in the public school system, but a majority of the districts here don't consider subbing to be teaching experience. Most of the points on my resume from this job are nonacademic related and discuss the work I've done as advisor to the Student Council. I'm not sure how they view being a TA, but it might give me more actual experience with programs and implementing instruction to put down on my resume, and it could lead to something within the school.