Hello. I made it back from NC and I would say it was a pretty fruitful trip. A lot more came out of it than I had thought. I am still waiting to hear for sure if I got the job at the school I want badly. I am about to burst because there is so much I have to do if I am going to move. I ended up calling the HR director on Friday and asked him what the process of being recommended was. He said he just had to call references and do a background check. So it gives me hope that the job could be mine (I have no worries about the background check or references). Does anyone know how long a background check takes? I got fingerprinted here in Michigan and had a background check done, but I am not really sure how long the process is. Anyway so here I sit waiting. I ended up calling the principal at the school I decided not to take. I was so nervous calling - even more nervous than doing an interview which is soooo stupid. Thank goodness I got him on the first try, I just thanked him for taking the time to interview me, but after careful thought I decided decline his offer. He was nice about it. I am also sending him a follow up thank you card for all his time. Whew, I'm glad that's over. Then I had my interview in Gaston on Monday. I didn't think it went great, but then again maybe it did. The principal I interviewed with told me she had a 4th grade opening and sent me to her school so the vice principal could give me a tour. It was a nice school and he answered all my questions. I e-mailed the principal and thanked her just now. I still really want the the first job, but this other one seems great too. I just keep hearing what a scary city Charlotte is. My boyfriend wants to be a city cop in Charlotte or Raleigh and everyone keeps telling me Charlotte is dangerous; lot's of cops get killed. That doesn't make me all that happy, but that's what he wants to do. Anyway, thanks everyone for all your advice and encouragement. I will keep you posted on what happens.