I've just finished writing and be forewarned, it's long--but worth the read. Enjoy! After sending out application after application, I began to think that maybe teaching (this year) was out of the question. So I started filling out the substitute applications. This past Monday, I looked on REAP and noticed a fresh posting (that day) for a part-time Language Arts position. I knew I had to act quickly because my field is a saturated one and many applicants would apply, if they hadn't already through the summer. I changed up my cover letter from the usual "I am interested in the _______ position in your school district" as my first line in the letter to giving them examples for why I'm the best candidate, revised my resume (I'm starting my M.Ed. this fall and included this informatin in the resume), and included in the "packet" (certification, transcripts, resume, cover letter) my references, and my professional statement. The very next morning I had the packet at the school district office by 8:30 a.m. and received a phone call before 3 pm the same day. (I have never had a response this quick before so WOW!!! Was I surprised!!!) The personnel lady called to tell me that she had emailed me a request to take a TeacherInsight survey (I DO NOT like taking these) that if I wouldn't mind taking it ASAP because she wanted to forward my information to the school immediately and oh, by the way, am I under contract with another school right now? Can you guess how excited I was at that question? That night, I went to town getting things ready for my portfolio. When I graduated from my college about 14 years ago, they didn't require or even suggest such a thing. Since I've been out of college and especially on this board, I've discovered you must have one. And I did have one sorta. But I wanted to make this one shine. So I added more lesson plans, my revised resume, and professional statement. I also began an indepth search for any and all informatin on the school district and school I would be interviewing with. I discovered two things in my search--the grades the position is open for (9th and 11th), and that today was the first day of school-half days with Wednesday being the first full day. BTW, the school district is one of those that is "hard" to get into. Also on Tuesday, I called a teacher friend of mine (who teaches the same subject--and grades I will be teaching should I get the job-- and who is now the department chair for her school). She shared with me her first week plans for the students and her "syllabus". I haven't taught high school in about 10 years (and who knows where my stuff is by now???) and got back into teaching last year teaching elementary school at a private school grades 3-6 Language Arts. So, then on Wednesday, I woke up early, got dressed for the interview because I just knew the school would call me and I wanted to be prepared. Can you tell I'm rather excited? I also poured through an interview question book and reviewed my answers, read the thread from this forum on interview questions and the responses to those. NO CALL all day. BUT I thought it out and realized the school principal was probably way too busy to look at any applications on the first FULL day of school. I rationalized that I might not hear from the school until Friday (today) so yesterday, I spent the day going through interview questions and possible answers. When I was in college, my intern teacher (who allowed me to take over her class for a short season) gave me her collection of Ideas Plus and Notes Plus material--the ideas in these books are priceless. I poured through those and found a bunch of ideas that I converted to lesson plans. Remember this was yesterday. About 2 pm, the school secretary called and my interview is today at 1 pm. with the principal. I feel I'm more ready for this interview than I have EVER been, that this position is mine, and next week, I'll be in the classroom. All day yesterday, I've had this feeling (a real sense of peace) that the job was mine--I know I just repeated that statement, but it's like a surreal experience almost--like this is my home and it's been prepared for me. I know this has been a long story, but I had to share my experience with you all. This forum is a great one with awesome teachers and plenty of people who are there to encourage all along the way. I'll keep you posted on how the interview goes this afternoon. And an oh, BTW--I usually get the REAP openings in my email when there is teacher opening and I haven't yet received that email yet--remember the position opened up 4 days ago on the internet.