After 12 years in another career, I'm looking for a teaching job again. I became certified 12 years ago. Once I started looking for a job where I moved after graduation, I realized that my type of certification was in very low demand, so I got discouraged and didn't even try very hard. The jobs in my certification area are very few and far between and I suspect many of them go to experienced teachers who have wanted to teach that subject for years, but already had a certification in a subject that's in demand. Every few years I apply for a posting I see. I only got called for one interview, and that went nowhere because it was only part-time and I absolutely could not (and still can't) afford it. I have the college hours and ability to become certified in two more areas by testing. I'm taking one test next month, but I need more time to study for the other one. Unfortunately, both of those are in very low demand as well. I have a lot obstacles to overcome in getting a teaching job. (Namely, lack of experience in teaching, ancient teacher references, losing my teaching knowledge from not using it, etc...) Then I've read so many of the difficulties on the job seeker forum and I wonder if I am just totally dreaming to think I might be able to get a teaching job. I'm no spring chicken and I have a family to support, so spending several more years trying to become certified in a high demand area I have no background in, or taking a huge pay cut by subbing or assisting, are not real options for me. I have taught my pre-K daughter to read on the 2nd grade level though. Do you think that will be impressive enough to land me a job?