Hi all, I want to start by giving as brief a background as possible. I am 40, and a mid-career changer. 4 1/2 years ago I was laid off from a job as a paralegal at a law firm. I ended up teaching kindergarten in August of 2007 at a Christian school and decided to work toward my MEd. I finished my MEd in December, 2010 and I taught k and 5th grade until the past school year. After much thought, my hubby and I felt it was time to get into the local school system. So here I am, a master's level teacher with 4 years of teaching experience with no job. The school systems here do not have A LOT of jobs, but I know there are jobs out there. I have filled out their extensive applications, gone to all the elementary and middle schools, spoken to principals, made phone calls and still nothing. My husband called me today to tell me how his coworker's daughter just got hired at the local school. Great for her, right? She just graduated from college and this is her first year. I understand that the difference in pay is a factor, but it is so frustrating to me that I keep hitting brick walls. I really regret spending all that effort, time, and money just to be a sub. I honestly discourage people who tell me they want to be a teacher. I dont even like complaining about it because I know others are having a hard time too. I am tired of sounding like a cry baby, but that's what I am turning into. Can someone give me words of wisdom?