I student taught a full decade ago (2011) in Special Education. I had a bad experience. I had no prior experience in education so I didn't really understand the juggling act that is involved in being a good teacher. As a result, I had poor classroom managment skills and didn't plan very creative lessons. I didn't get a positive reference from my cooperating teacher and wound up teaching preschool and stayed home with my children for 7 years. I am now substitute teaching and have been since November 2020. I take both long term and short term assignments, so I have had the opportunity to plan my own lessons in long-term assignments as well as see the lessons that other teachers plan for me while I fill in for just a day. It just finally clicked. I am really confident in the classroom now. I really love teaching Special Education and I would like to apply next school year for permanant teaching positions. My concern is that admin/ principals will see my work history and being liscensed for 10 years with no liscensed position as a big red flag. Any thoughts/ tips?