Greetings. This forum is such an amazing resource! I've been scouring it for hours. You all seem so helpful and I am really looking for advice, hope that you can help. Background: BA in Spanish. Taught in Spain for a year. Came home to begin my MAT. Graduated two weeks ago and am certified to teach Spanish 7-12. I interviewed for and was informally offered a position at a school in my town--it is where I went to High School, and is a stones throw away from my house. Sounds amazing right? I have a job offer only two weeks after graduation, and the school is super close to my home! Here is my struggle: as part of my MAT degree, I had to complete a year long internship. You guessed it, I completed my internship at this particular school--and HATED it. The school atmosphere is extremely negative, and many of the faculty are openly unhappy. Last year, the principal left in January, leaving the school with an interim principal for the rest of the year. In addition, the head of the World Language department is VERY difficult. Her last three TEAM mentees have failed their papers. The other WL teachers do not like working under her and have even accused her of harassment. I almost did not even apply for the job, but applied at the very last second out of fear AND because it was a district application, so there was a possibility that the position could be for the other high school in town. I know how tough the job market is, and I'm scared of not getting a job. So I applied and they called me three days later. I interviewed, gave a demo lesson, and that was it. I have my "final" interview with the Superintendent next week, although the principal said it is really just a formality. I'm very torn. On one hand, I know how lucky I am to have been offered a job so soon after graduation. On the other, I'm struggling with the fact that I may be knowingly putting myself in a miserable position. I'm the type of person that absorbs the energy around me, and do I really want to put myself in a place surrounded by negative people? There are a TON--a TON of Spanish positions in my state (it's a shortage area), do I turn down this job and cross my fingers and hope that the other schools I applied to call me back? Any advice, words of wisdom, etc would be appreciated. I'm really, really struggling with this decision and can barely sleep.