There...I said it. I am pretty frusterated tonight. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy for my brother. But my brother and I have been applying for the same jobs for the last three spring seasons. It just seems that he has schools just knocking on his door...while for me it is a struggle. Today my brother found out he got a VERY good job in a great school district, in a great suburb. I also applied for the same job and heard nothing. Like I said, I AM happy for him...I'm just getting a bit depressed about my situation. I cannot help but feel that when ever there is a question asking about my past criminal record, I get aced out. So yesterday, I turned in an application (for a 70% job, mind you...beggars can't be choosers) and answered a question like this. This is the first time I have been so blunt, and to be honest, I don't think I have a chance at this school anyway (it is a good district and I've applied before and heard nothing), so PLEASE tell me the truth, if I should answer questions like this in the future, or if I should keep my mouth shut. What are your most important reasons for wanting to be a teacher? I am not your typical teacher, in that I did not enjoy school as a teen. I actually dropped out of high school after 10th grade. I entered college at age 25 to set an example for my own children and to make a difference in the lives of teenagers in our society today. I strive to set a good example for my students and let them see that each and every one of them has the ability to succeed both in school and in life. Also, this is what I have to answer every time there is a question about my "criminal" history: (I try to keep it short and to the point) 1/94 (18 yrs. old) Attempted Theft. 6/95-Operating Vehicle w/o Insurance. 12/95-Driving w/o a Valid License. (My license was out-of-state while living in CO.) Please consider the nature of these offenses and how long ago they occurred. I can't change my past but I strive to impact the future of my students. (The two traffic violations come up as misdeameanors, so I have to list them for most applications.) SO, FRIENDS...am I doomed? It seems like it. Sometimes I think I need to pursue a different career. No one wants a "convicted felon" to be teaching their students. Thanks for letting me vent. I don't know who else to complain to. Everyone in my family is elated for my brother.