I will apologize in advance for yet another "Why?" post! Hi. I just graduated with a Masters in Ed Dec 2012 and initial cert in el ed and sped. This a career change. I spent 20+ years in management (health ins claim processing/customer service). Last school year I had a 5 month long term sub position in a learning support room in a district about 60 miles from home (I volunteered there during grad school). I did it all - had my own roster, intervention groups, push ins, etc. I did the IEP's, scheduled the meetings and handled the paperwork. My observations were were all above average. The feedback from the sped dept was that I was doing better with the IEPs than experienced teachers they had and they wanted me back for this year. Parents gave me similar feedback along with my peers. I connected positively with the kids in both the sped and inclusion environment. A school board member told me he wanted me on staff - that I was exactly what they needed there and they would be hiring 2 sped teachers - "and we look to our subs first." While there I was first in the building after the custodian and last to leave. I went to PTO meetings. I collaborated with staff. I obtained a cash/supplies grant for the library totaling $1,000.00. I helped coordinate a Memorial Day "thank you" project for vets. This summer I was called for an interview there. I approached it as if I knew no one. Gave it my all. The P of the building I worked in along with the Dir of Sped was on the panel. Got called back for a mini lesson. Did that to the fullest. Even gave each observer a folder in the school colors with my lesson plan, a CV and a summary of what I accomplished with them last winter/spring. I was told initially that after the mini lesson there would be no contact. The board would be meeting and it was only after the meeting where the new hires would be called (that night) and the rest informed by mail. I sweated things out knowing the meeting was this week. until I read the paper Tuesday and saw the names of the proposed hires. In fact they hired 3 sped teachers, not 2. Of course mine was not one of them. I have reached out requesting feedback to help me be better prepared/qualified for "next time" but no one has responded. Would value reading what you all make of this. Right now I am trying to decide if I can continue to sub there based on the distance and the really bad taste in my mouth... Thanks!