I knew better. I have been a job hunter enough times to definitely know better. I put all my energies into trying to get one specific position (a 5th grade SS teacher), instead of staying emotionally level headed and spreading out my efforts among the other 6 elementary schools in my area. I live just inside one parish (county), and 6 miles from the largest city in another parish, so actually, there are more than 6 schools out there, but those are the ones to which I won't have an hour long drive. Anyway. What really got me, though, is that I was not even given the opportunity to TRY for this job! The principal knew I wanted to meet with him, but never called me back (duh, guess I should have taken the hint). I didn't think that I had become so emotionally invested in the position, but I've been on the verge of tears since I found out the position was filled (through a friend who works at the school). I will get on the phone tomorrow in the attempt to reach principals at other schools, in the hopes that they have an opening and would not mind seeing me. I feel like I have 2 strikes against me before I ever open my mouth. I am 44 and have no experience in the classroom. Secondly, I am (almost completed) in an alternate certification program. Some principals like teachers from this program, some don't. Some principals value the life lessons learned by 2nd career teachers, some want youngsters fresh out of college. Oh, well. That's my rant for the day. Sorry it is so long.