I am seeking a middle school math (5-8) position. Because of my scholarship, I have a two year commitment to a high needs school so I am looking for a position where over 50% of the students are economically disadvantaged. I recently had two interviews in public schools that went well. I have to go back for a demo lesson as well. My issue is that I would not want to relocate to this area and the schools in this town are state controlled. One is a charter public school and one is a public school. The second public school seemed very well resourced (new library, new computer lab, etc.) and they said that the class sizes are capped at 16. I would have one inclusion class that is about 25 kid with 3 teachers. (So this does not seem too bad at all.) This school seemed VERY focused on standardized test scores. The interviews seemed to go well but these are not jobs I would want to take unless it was a last resort, mainly because of the location. The school day is also one hour longer for both schools (7:30-3:30) and I don't think they pay is great. I'm not sure if I should accept one of these jobs if I receive one. If I did work here, I would probably look for another job after my first year. I would prefer jobs in the public schools in the towns in the areas that I am working in. I am currently student teaching in a large urban district. The salaries here are excellent and I would love to work in this district. However, I do not think it is easy to get a teaching job here. There are a few other towns in the area that I would prefer and would qualify for my scholarship but they haven't posted jobs yet. I am planning on emailing principals with my resume/cover letter this weekend. I have done a bunch of these already but haven't heard back. My program is telling me that they should post jobs in April/May and many teachers do not tell schools they are leaving until May. I also have a few weeks of student teaching left. I had to leave school early on Wednesday last week and take a whole day off on Friday to take my interviews. How do people generally balance student teaching and the job search/does anyone have any general advice for me? Thank you so much.