I'm new here. Here's where I stand: I am a "new" teacher in CA, although "new" is a bit of a pejorative term to describe me, at least in my opinion. I attended one of the more prestigious universities in the UC system and have a BA in International Relations, as well as two minors, one in Global Peace and Security Studies and the other in History. I also attended graduate school at the same university and hold a MA in International Relations, as well (my areas of expertise include stuff like Middle Eastern politics, foreign policy, comparative politics, political theory, survey research and political polling, voter behavior, etc etc etc). I am completely fluent in Spanish, and I also am semi-fluent in both French and Mandarin Chinese (no ********...I actually speak, read, and write Mandarin). I am not your 'typical' BA in random subject+teacher's credential newbie and am a little older than most "new" teachers, although still under 35 yrs old. While in graduate school I taught many courses to undergraduates, have 3 years of experience teaching at the university level and have all the same background as someone with a Phd in my discipline, but I just never write a dissertation. Fast forward and I started working on a CA single subject credential about 1 1/2 years ago after finishing my MA and then working as a substitute teacher in the area at 3 public and 2 private high schools for 1 1/2 years. I received some pretty varied reactions from contracted teachers while working as a sub, from "OMGZ I teach all AP classes and having someone like you around to sub for me is GREAT!" to some pretty clearly threatened teachers who for whatever reason seemed to go out of their way to make sure I NEVER got called to fill in for them. Whatever the case, I worked as a sub for 1 1/2 years prior to starting student teaching. I student taught during the Spring of 2012 at another public high school in the area that I had not previously worked. The teacher I was placed with was your typical "coach" type high school teacher and he pretty much just turned everything over to me and let me do my thing the whole time b/c he sort of knew I was just jumping through hoops to get my credential, and was not new to teaching. The school was impressed enough with my work that I was offered a job teaching summer school b/c another teacher was trying to hold the school up for more $ to teach summer. I had a verbal agreement with the principal, only for the other teacher to suddenly have a change of heart after being informed they hired me to do it, so he got to do the job. The school allowed me to return this fall to complete my remaining student teaching and the plan was for me to work with the teacher that teaches all of the AP Government sections. He was going to pretty much let me come in there and run everything, no need to worry, I have a friggin MA in the subject and taught this stuff at the university level. However, the school was beginning the pilot year of a brand new International Baccalaureate program in partnership with a university in Europe that was sending it's top 30 students to study in the US for a semester. It's all a little complicated to explain, but what ended up happening was the school contacted me one week before the start of the year and asked if I would teach one period to the international students, as they were being contained in one cohort and would take all of their courses together. That "one period" ended up morphing into me teaching 4 periods in my own classroom to the international students, each period a different course that I designed from scratch on-the-fly. The courses were Comparative Politics, Globalization and Development, International Economics, and Cultural Studies. It just sort of worked out for the school that they had all of these kids coming from Europe and they were supposed to be studying all of these advanced topics that are simply not part of a standard US curriculum and it just so happened they had a guy "student teaching" on their campus that could bail them out, so I ended up running the whole **** program. The school paid me a sub rate since I still technically did not have a credential. I ran the whole program and then when the students went back to Europe at the end of last fall, I was asked by the principal if I would fill in from March-end of school year for a social studies teacher going on maternity leave. Again, I had a verbal agreement with the principal only to find out a week later that the teacher, upon discovering they asked me to fill in for her, torpedoed me and told the principal she wanted her asst softball coach that works as a sub at the school to do it, instead. This was one of those teachers that always seemed very threatened by me, IMO, and I didnt really appreciate her torpedoing me like that, but whatever. I had no real option other than to work as a sub again the rest of the school year and hope that the school would actually offer me a contract to come back this coming year to continue to run the IB program, although I had my doubts based on the fact the school board and admin see the program as a good publicity tool and a financial boon to the district...not as something to invest a lot of time and energy into. The foreign students all have to pay tuition and all told it comes to over 250g. If the school was to hire me to continue to run the program they'd have to pay my full salary out of the tuition $ b/c they're all foreign students and they cant pay me with tax $ to teach foreign students, exclusively. The university in Europe was extremely displeased with the way the school handled the program and are of the opinion the only one that seemed to care at all or was qualified to teach the material was me. I came to find out near the end of the year that the school was not intending on hiring me, and instead are giving the courses I designed and taught this year to a teacher that currently teaches part-time 3 periods of Agricultural Earth Science and has a BA in ag sciences...and now will teach Comparative Politics as well as International Economics, apparently. The other two courses are being given to another part-time teacher that also has no real business teaching this stuff, either. So after 1 1/2 years of being at this school nearly every single day and running their flagship pilot program and getting paid a sub rate to do it, I found myself out of a job and for the first time since finishing my credential actually LOOKING for a full-time position for next school year. The university in Europe just assumed the school would have to bring me back, but I let the president of the university know this past Spring when we spoke to discuss plans for next year that would most likely not be the case and the university is not real pleased with the way the school handled the whole thing. I began applying for positions on edjoin and have applied to over 30 listings, at this point. I have received 2 calls for interviews. The first was from a district in a very challenging rural area with very high poverty, over 60% EL students, and most are migrant farm workers. The second was from the district in which I currently live and worked as a sub for 1 1/2 years prior to beginning my student teaching. I interviewed with the district in the rural area several weeks ago and then had an interview with the district in which I live two weeks ago. The district I live in is in an area that is basically paradise and they received nearly 200 applications for one position. They only selected 6 people for interviews, including me. I interviewed with them on June 27 and then got offered a job by the other school district the very next morning. They wanted me to design both a SDAIE Govt course and AP Govt for a newer school in their district that did not offer either course, yet. The starting pay for someone w/ MA+60, which I already have entering my "first" year was 39k, which is ridiculously low and more than 20% less than nearly every other school I have applied. I politely asked if I could have a few days to make the decision and I let them know I had just interviewed for a position in the city I have lived for the past 15 years at a school I worked for 1 1/2 years previously. They said "no" and wanted a signed contract by the end of the day. So I had to pass on the offer and they hired someone else. Last week I found out I did not get the job at the school I interviewed with here in the district I live, so now I'm back to square one and currently have ZERO interviews scheduled and those are the only 2 places I've received calls from. I am beginning to worry that a lot of what I was warned about by other educators regarding trying to get a job somewhere is coming to fruition. I've been told on numerous occasions that schools are looking to "fill a need" and that I am not exactly what high schools are typically looking for due to my rather extensive education and resume, which is best utilized teaching AP Government, AP Comparative Politics, and International Baccalaureate programs...and is out of line with my level of "experience", as those courses are almost always given to the teachers with the most seniority at a school, regardless of whether they may happen to have some hotshot young legitimate political scientist in their midst. I did not play high school sports, nor am I a "coach", so I don't have that to offer to a school. The extracurriculars I am qualified to do are stuff like Model UN, Mock Trial, and ASB/Student Senate. Additionally, due to already possessing an MA+60 upon entrance into the profession, my pay would be significantly more than most 1st year teachers, which I would assume is going to reduce the likelihood cash strapped districts will call me for an interview. Finally, my resume and CV do not at all read like a "newbie" teacher and is now filled up with all this stuff about how I ran an International Baccalaureate program, have an advanced degree in a subject which is something less than 5% of teachers possess, speak/read/write in FOUR languages, and have 3 years of experience teaching at the university level prior to secondary schools. I get the impression that if schools really are looking to "fill a need", there are probably not a lot of schools out there that I am a good fit for and I probably DON'T fit the needs of what most are looking for. I feel like the most likely schools for me to "fill a need" are the high achieving schools with advanced programs, but that my "lack of experience" will hinder any chance I have b/c I'll be competing with people that have decades of experience. This is all very frustrating b/c I have no idea whether schools are looking at my resume and application and going "This guy is waaaay beyond what we are looking for." I am certainly not a STAR test prepper type teacher and my experience in the classroom has been predominantly with university students or AP sections in secondary schools. I have never once even set foot in a junior high school classroom, as my credential program saw no point in having me go do a junior high placement for my 2nd student teaching assignment when a school was asking if I'd like to take over their AP Govt sections, instead. Any advice or thoughts? Are my experience, resume, educational background, and lack of sports coaching abilities potentially going to hinder me as much as I feel like they have been, b/c "on paper" my resume is beyond solid. I know four languages, including Spanish AND Chinese, for cryin' out loud! I have letters of recommendation from the superintendent, principal, every dept chair, the president of the university in Europe, several teachers at other schools in the area, in addition to all of the letters from people in my department at the university level as well.