I am a 50-year old p/t aide in my home district's elementary school. I sub very often the other half and in excellent standing with the school. However, my 80-year old mom is overseas and if there is any emergency, I have to rush to her side and maybe even quit my job if she needs long-term care. (I'm trying to get her to live with me here, btw.) The HR director doesn't know me at all since I am part of an army of aides in our huge district. How do I get to know her so that she thinks of me first when hiring aides?? I truly love my job and cannot imagine losing it for any reason. I have heard stories of HR hiring people whom they know. I have seen lots of newly certified teachers being hired as aides and I worry that with my age and if I have to quit, I won't be hired back. Do I start by sending end-of-year wishes, holiday cards to the HR director? Thanks so much.