I was given the option to quit and I didn't take it. I had read various threads on here and many suggested that not being renewed wasn't the end of the world. But I have sent out dozens of applications, even had some great interviews, to get "sorry, no" emails the next day. I expec t they are calling my current principal, who has a strong dislike for me for no reason I can fathom. I have two excellent reference letters from colleagues at my current school (a small continuation HS) including the other math teacher. I figured that with credentials (clear) in both physics and math that I would easily get hired. If I wait until July when schools are more desperate, might I get an offer? I have ten years of teaching experience with excellent references all along the way. This one principal appears to have ruined my teaching career. At age 55 I'm considering a third career. Maybe I'll do an apprenticeship as a machinist. I'm incredibly discouraged and depressed about this. I absolutely love teaching, and the students can tell that I love teaching.