I spent 2 days this week participating in an interview team looking to hire a teacher for next year. Almost all of the 10 candidates had ties to my school: their own kids go there, they went there, their mom worked there long ago, they student taught there, etc. The hardest part was that they were all really really good. I think it's pretty rare to interview 10 incredibly strong candidates. It was such a tough decision to make. I'm happy with the person we hired, but my heart just hurts for the other women. They interviewed so well, and I would love to work with any one of them. One of them is currently a long term sub at my school. It's going to be tough seeing her around the building next week. I just can't imagine. I know I'll see many of these women in the future, and I may have some of their kids in my class next year. I guess there really isn't a purpose to this post, but I just needed to get it out, and maybe some of you can relate.