My friend's daughter, a teacher, was recently offered the opportunity to substitute teach in a great, small district which would lead to a very probable full time position once the maternity leave ended. (The job was hers if she did a good job at her substituting maternity leave.) It would have been great, because this particular teacher was an alt. certified teacher and only needed to prove herself for a few weeks and then, she would have a full time teaching position. But, the new teacher opted out of the position and decided to work on her 2nd masters degree instead and continue to substitute teach on an almost daily basis. She decided the stress of starting a new job and not having the flexibility of substitute teaching when she wants to, is not worth it to her. She also stated that she just felt more comfortable subbing in her current district and was a little freaked out that she would be the new kid in a new situation. She wants to teach... but she chose not to teach in a full time capacity. Everyone has to make decisions as to what is right for him or her and I certainly do not judge the decision of this young teacher. But, there is a part of me that wonders if she should have let this opportunity slip away from her in these uncertain times. I see so many hopeful teachers on this website and think of how many of YOU that would have jumped at this opportunity. What do you think??? The good news is that they already hired a person that is enthusiastic and confident that she can do the job. She started last week and I hear that she LOVES the new job. I know this because this teacher was my student teacher. So, everything does work out in the end.