This past Monday, I submitted an online application to a district about 70 miles from my home. I attended college in the district, so I'm pretty familiar with the area. The position I originally applied for was "Instructional Specialist", which basically sounds like a remediation/tutoring position for middle and hs students struggling with math. When I called the central office, the lady in Personnel pointed out they also had an opening for a HS Math Teacher. I told her I would be happy to be considered for that job as well, but let her know up front I did NOT have my certification for that level yet. She said my current certification would cover the needs of the position while I worked towards my HS certification. So I get a phone call today at 11:00am from the principal. He wants to know if I can come for an interview at 2:45pm - TODAY! I told him "Absolutely, I appreciate the opportunity." I had enough time to get cleaned up, eat a quick lunch, put together another portfolio packet and get on the road. I still managed to walk into the office 15 minutes before my appointment time. Turns out the position would just be Intro to Math and Geometry for freshmen for the first semester, so my current license DOES cover that (I'm certified for grades 6-9). I will be taking the Praxis II for HS math on Sept. 17, so I'll have that certification by the time they need me to teach higher level classes. BTW, their first day of school was today! So they will be making a decision very quickly on this. I've been working on my interview skills and I think this one went a little better than some of my previous ones, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.