June always does this to me, but this June seems to be more difficult for some reason (maybe it's only because it's more fresh in my mind.) Staffing is slow this year. There have been major changes at the district level (three districts combining into one) and all the people from district office have been filtering their way back down to the classroom. All the best DO people have been sent back, while the duds are kept (presumably to keep them out of the classroom?) Anyway, I have been in this district 5 years, and still do not have a continuing contract... I have to reapply for a job every year. I have been all over the map in those five years, Resource K-5, Behaviour Intervention, Grade 3, Grade 1, Grade 2, French, Grade 4, and finally Resource 7-8. I have worked in four different schools, though most of my time was spent at an elementary school... I have always received positive reviews, and principals have all liked me. The problem is, there are never any positions open at the schools I have been at. Next year, there is a Resource job open at the school where I'm currently working. My principal wanted someone with some French, as there are a growing number of SEP's (IEP's outside our province) in French Immersion. I have been working a lot with a girl with autism in French Immersion this year... she wasn't on my list, but because I had some French, I was better able to help her with some of her French classes than the other Resource teacher, so I offered to help out. The job here was posted as a French Resource job, and therefore I had to apply to the French specialist. She wants someone with higher oral proficiency than me, which ticks me off because anyone with higher oral proficiency than me would be teaching French in a classroom. I talked to my principal, and he said he didn't care if they were capable of actually TEACHING French Immersion, but wanted someone with Resource experience that had some French (i.e. ME!) He told me he didn't want to screw me over by giving me a 0.7 job, and I let him know there were some other schools advertising 0.3 jobs, he said he would contact principals and try to make it work. I felt pretty good. Then the other shoe dropped. Resource teachers are required to have their Masters in Special Education and five years teaching experience. I have five years teaching experience, but no Masters. Essentially, they have to RE-POST the jobs to teachers that are currently in the classroom, in case they would like to go to Resource (assuming they have the qualifications.) Overall, I understand the direction they're going, and I think it's important that they have someone who knows what they're doing in these positions... however, personally, I'm a little bitter about how I finally felt safe, and that I could be in a good position for a change, and then BAM... not so much. I also will admit that I'm a little bitter because, I came into this position in December (two weeks before Christmas, and three weeks before my wedding...) The SEP's were a total mess. The teacher prior to me had no clue what she was doing, and the goals that were written for my students made absolutely no sense. I worked my butt off during those two weeks, so that I could be working with students right away in January. I tested students, I looked at previous test results, I decided goals, and I wrote them out. I cleaned up a BIG mess, which the people at District Office admitted it was, as did the principal. The teacher whose mess I cleaned up? She had her masters. In fact, I ended up in the hospital Dec. 23rd and 24th with a seizure, which doctors say was related to stress (caused by several factors - moving, wedding, and leaving behind a school where I had worked for over four years were other factors). It is highly unlikely a tenured teacher would want to go from being in the classroom to doing a 0.7 position in Resource, or even doing a full-time position in Resource split between two schools, so I don't feel like it's the worst thing in the world, but I'm not feeling super comfortable.