So...I got a call about the 4th grade interview that went really well last week. He said I was his top choice until a woman with 4 years experience came in the picture, and he felt like he needed to go with the teacher with experience. He went on to say that I was his very next choice because of how impressed he was with my interview and resume and if any other openings come up that I'd be his choice. He was so nice and then said "although I don't believe you'll be on the market much longer." I'm just frustrated. How do I get experience when I need experience to get some?! I feel like the school year is starting in a month and I'm running out of options. I've e-mailed every principal I haven't heard from yet again. I'm getting quite a few "Thanks for your interest, but this position has been filled" replies. What are your suggestions for new teachers? If I end up not getting a job this year, would it be better to substitute in the county where I'd most prefer a job or to try and do a teacher's assistant position? I've heard subbing would be better because I'd get more experience at different schools, but the inconsistency of pay would be my problem. Also, wouldn't a TA job be better since I'd have more consistency with one classroom? Ugh, help! I had a dream the other night that I got a teaching offer. I can't even explain how amazing of a feeling it was, even if I was dreaming. I just want my own classroom of students.