Hi everyone, I am seeking some sage advice. In your experience, does it help for someone who has the desire to teach, but not the classroom experience to sub? If yes... 1 - If you could design the ideal sub, what qualities would that person have? 2 - What qualities would make a principal/staff want to add that person to their team full-time? 3 - On the flip side, what are some big blunders/horror stories you have experienced with subs? If no, do you have any suggestions on another route I can take? Background: I completed a state-approved alternative teaching certification program last December and passed the two state tests with flying colors. I have not yet found a full-time teaching position. I've been told by the principals I've interviewed with that I interviewed just fine and I seem like a good candidate, but my lack of experience is the problem. The HR dept also cited "No Child Left Behind" as being a barrier; that they must go with experience first, so fewer folks first-year/wanna-be teachers like me can get on board. HR's advice is to "hang in there" as soon as all the experienced candidates are placed they can allow in more first-year candidates. That didn't give me a warm-fuzzy. I feel like I'm caught in a Catch 22 -- can't get a job without experience; can't get experience without getting a job.