I'll try to make this brief . . .I need to get this off my chest. I have been a sub in my district for 6 years and the last 2-3 years really staying busy in 5th grade. One teacher has a sick husband (liver transplant and cancer) and I was her ONLY sub. If I was in another classroom, the admin transferred me to her room. Partly because she was unable to leave lesson plans and I knew her class and routine so well. I also covered her long term leave for hubby's transplant. She retired 3 weeks ago and I went in for an interview. I find out later that the principal did not want to hire me because I do not smile enough!! I am not an obnoxious fake cheerleader person! I think I save my energy for the classroom and when I am in the halls I am in 'off' mode. kwim?!? I got the job and the principal tells a 5th grade team member that I really impressed him. He did not have to say that and it is out of character for him. (BTW I ROCKED the interview!! I had them all eating out of my hand and he called an hour later with the job offer. I started the next day with new teacher workshops) This is getting longer than I thought . . . I am thrilled to have this job. It is truely my dream job and I was prepared to wait 2 years for another 5th grade teacher to retire. I have been getting mixed reactions from the rest of the staff. Most are thrilled for me, but I heard one comment last week that really made me mad! She is a snooty, rude lady and told me that I was the obvious choice. It rubbed me the wrong way (but it sounds silly now that I type it. you had to be there) Another teacher said it was best for everyone that I was hired since it was 2 weeks before open house and I knew the grade level so well. My point is that I really earned this position. It was not handed to me and I think many teachers think it was. Kuddos to you if you made it this far. I needed to vent.