I'm in my 3rd year of looking for a social studies position and getting very anxious now, so far no interviews for this upcoming year yet. Last year it picked up more in August, but still its hard to be patient. Anyone have success emailing principals or department heads to go along with your application? Assuming you don't say anything stupid in your email, is there any downside? Is it better to email the principal, or the department head, or both? It's tough because different schools handle hiring differently, sometimes the principal isn't even in the interview at least for the first round. Also, if you have interviewed at a school before, and not gotten the job, but were told, or thought you made a strong impression, is it a good idea to send an email referencing that, talking about enjoying your previous interview, and mention how you've grown?