I'm a middle aged woman who has never held a professional career position and was a housewife for years. I got into substitute teaching and loved it, so I got certified to teach ELA 5-12 thru ABCTE and then took the praxis tests to teach sped mild to mod and passed so I'm gearing up for the job hunt. Pluses: *Degree from an ivy league university that I paid for myself *Lots of experience with kids, like summer camps and girl scouts *Lots of sub and parapro experience *High IQ, though you'd never know it from looking at my earlier transcripts--grades came up considerably in Jr and Sr year though. *Great with kids and love, love, love English and lit *Many interesting life experiences such as a round-the-world in a year trip Weaknesses: *High school drop-out *Went to 4 universities and took 12 years to eventually graduate *Severe inattentive AD/HD, though doing much better with meds *No extracurricular activities in high school and few in college *Must work in public schools as I'm getting ready to be divorced I can see how my weaknesses could be spun in a positive light if I were looking only for a position with at-risk teens and I'd like to do that, but I'm going to be willing to teach in any type of position-- middle or high school, and special or gen ed, so my weaknesses I'm afraid will appear as just negatives to most principals. Also, I homeschooled my daughters for years and they are excellent students in their school now--both are voracious readers and I taught both girls to read. One has a $12,000 scholarship to an excellent little private college here and both make all A's. I can see how mentioning the homeschooling could be a plus or a minus depending on what mindset the principal has. Would you mention it if it were you? Or would that be too risky? BTW, I did this as a labor of love, not b/c I was mad at the school or looked down on them. Would you mention the AD/HD if it were you? Also, I should mention that my most favorite group would be the twice-exceptional--those students who are gifted but have some sort of learning disabilities and b/c of my own disabilities, I'm excellent with those with AD/HD.