in 2014, I graduated with a certification to teach PK-4 and just recently tested up to 5-6. I worked as a day to day sub for several years and then two years ago I landed a "permanent substitute" position at the district of my dreams. This means that I have been keeping a spot warm for contracted employees that get 3 years off (unpaid) per child they have. People have 3+ kids and take 9+ years off. I have my own self-contained classroom and all the duties that come along with it. For the past two years, they have treated me as a warm body filling a classroom while they hire from the outside for full-time contracts. They make me go through the whole interview process every time they have an opening. I have done 5 rounds of interviews at the district I work for. In my position, I do very well. The parents, students, and my co-workers love me, I get great test scores, and I am an active contributor to the school (after school clubs, informal training for the teachers, etc.) They will not hire me. If they hire someone from within (another sub), it is obvious that they knew someone. At the end of this last school year, the principal "let me go" and told me it wasn't anything I did, I just wasn't as good as the competition to make it to the final round of interviews. I packed up my room, hugged my co-workers, and cried for a week. I picked myself up and made plans to continue applying everywhere within 2 hours of me and applied for a master's program. Two weeks later, they called me and asked me to return to my same 3rd-grade spot for another year (something the secretary told me the principal had planned since before school ended). I accepted because, at the time, I had nothing lined up and need the money. I am married and have three small kids. However, I was offered the job of a one-year sub at another district an hour away. The pay is the same in both places but the atmosphere at the new school is significantly better. It's also in the teacher's contract that subs are considered first when hiring. Likewise, if I did get a contracted spot, the school will pay for my Master's Program at the local university. This is the same university that I applied to earlier in the summer and got into today. I would not, however, be able to attend this year's classes since I would be driving home as class starts. It also would take a huge toll on my family. My mother in law would have to drive the kids around to their different schools in the morning (one has to be at school at 7am). My husband also works a swing shift which means most of the after school stuff I do on my own, dragging all three kids along. This would be a big problem for us. My question is this, what would you do? They are both one-year positions: 1. GOOD FOR MY FAMILY: The district where my kids go, love the teachers and families, 5 minutes from home, can work on my master's at my own cost, NEVER getting hired, and going through pointless interviews every few months 2. GOOD FOR MY CAREER: A school that is a great fit for me, 1 hour both ways on a bad highway with bad traffic, have to disrupt kids with before and after school timing issues, cannot work on my master's but will be able to in the future for free IF I get hired, loan forgiveness after three years.