Hi- I just saw this on the front page of the local paper: "Recession Brings Flood of Subs to Area Schools." The article describes how Buncombe county , NC (the largest employer in western NC) has had so many sub-teacher applications, they 've stopped accepting applications! It's the economy of course-so many people have been laid off from work, they are having to seek an alternative income. Don't know if this is happening in your area, but I would bet it is, or soon will be. This is very bad news for those of us who aren't certified, and were hoping to work as a sub in the meantime. I am still at least 1/2 year away from finishing certification, and I've been on the NC state list of sub. teachers for a year. In that time I've had two(!) calls to substitute (none so far this year). I'm at least as qualified as anybody else, but with more and more people signing up, that opportunity is disappearing. And so is my resolve to continue certification. The small amount of teaching I've done was the most rewarding thing I've done in my life, but now, without certification, with no job prospects if I finish certifification, and now, with little (if any) chance even to sub, I feel like I'm wandering in the desert. If anybody has any encouraging news, I'd love to hear it.