Hello, I am going into my first year teaching after two years subbing. I student taught seniors and had a long term position teaching eighth grade last year. About a month ago I was completely beaten down because I was unable to find a full time teaching position. Prior to that I compared Obama to Hitler in my first interview (didn't get that job, btw). Well, in a strange turn of events, I've actually gotten two job offers. Both happened within 24 hours so it's been a whirlwind. I am looking for some opinions on which job to take. Both are private schools within 20 min of my house. They both have great reputations. Both are combined SS/ELA positions. Both have 1:1 iPad technilogy. Both want me to teach there by some odd twist of fate. School A: It is a high school (I'd be teaching grades 9-11). I've always wanted to teach high school. It's three different preps (American lit, U.S. history and world history) so I will be VERY busy. The classroom is spacious and has a smartboard. The faculty is a bit more old school and straight laced- but possibly more experienced, well known, and nurturing. The building itself is a bit older. I interviewed early this summer and they actually went with another candidate. However, they readjusted the schedule, opened the position back up, and called me back in. School B: 6 & 7 grade at an all boys school. Language arts and social studies. I have not seen the classroom I'd be in, but the building itself is newer. The staff (including the principal) is younger and more dynamic. I believe I was the first choice candidate and I felt I was really on point in my interview. The big thing is, it pays more by $3,000 a year. Right now I'm in a very hard spot. The main argument for School A is that I've always wanted to teach high school (I think...). I just like to push students beyond what 6/7 graders can do. They're really still babies at that age. Plus all middle school boys is a bit scary (I'm female)... School B is basically a prestigious feeder school to the best all boys school in the state. School A is not the most prestigious of private high schools, but it's been around forever and has a loyal following of families. The main draw for school B is the pay. It's $3,000 more a year, which isn't huge, but it's substantial. I'd have to work at the other school three years before I was making what I'd make my first year here. Last night I was set on the high school, but when I spoke to the other principal and she mentioned the salary, it made me back track. Do I sacrifice pay (while possibly working harder) to be in a high school, or do I tolerate middle school boys to get paid a bit more? What do you think? PS: I also have to consider the future. When I do decide to move on to a new school, I should probably consider how each of these jobs will have primed me to do so. Having only taught middle school may pigeon hole me. Maybe experience teaching high school social studies and English is worth the drop in pay? PSS. A veteran teacher I spoke to suggested I could play hardball with School A. Since they're private, she said I could tell them I prefer this job but I'd like them to make a competitive salary offer. That scares me though because I have no experience and feel like there are probably candidates lined up behind me.