As I'm reading through the forums here, I'm a little (ok, a lot!) worried about my hiatus from teaching. I don't remember all of the educational theory, and I'm not up to date on the latest and greatest techniques. I only taught for 2 years prior to leaving the field (my 2 children are 13 months apart - need I say more? ). I've emailed my department head / supervising teacher - we were very close when I taught, and he was devastated when I left. It's only been a week, but I haven't heard back from him yet, and I'd like to apply for a job next week. The director of my school (a science magnet) is long gone and I can't find a current email or any other contact info (she is retired). I'm also worried that she won't remember enough to give me a strong reference. For the last 6 years, I've been writing and teaching classes on Photoshop, digital photography and photo organization, and digital scrapbooking. I do have excellent references from my manager and editor (from 2 different jobs / companies), but I'm worried they won't hold as much weight as a school reference would. I'm trying to put a positive spin on my experience - but I'm currently feeling like I'm stuck in an awkward teaching position - 10 years out of school and education classes, yet barely any teaching experience at the middle school / high school level. Does anyone have any advice for brushing up on educational theory, or creating a portfolio where one doesn't exist?? I don't have access to any of my old files. Most were lost in the great hard drive crash of '05 - I stupidly hadn't backed them up because I hadn't taught in 5 years, and figured most would be hopelessly out of date if I went back to teaching. I do have my student teaching reports from my observing teacher (I did my student teaching concurrent with my actual teaching - on an emergency permit for AP Bio). They are excellent - but will those hold any weight? Again - I don't think my education professor would remember me since it has been so long, and he's now moved to a different school. Sorry this is so lengthy - if anyone has any advice I'm all ears!