You will find that many districts are extremely test-prep oriented and some of the priority districts are the worst offenders of this boring approach to "achievement". Some, not all. It sounds like you really want to do lots of exciting and innovative things. We all do...unfortunately, some districts aren't looking for that. I think your best bet is private schools, magnet schools with a focus on international studies, government, etc. or a very wealthy district that has the money to hire you and fund the types of programs in which you are most interested. Do realize that it's going to be hard for anyone. Your luck doesn't sound any worse than most of us on this forum. Young, old, experienced, inexperienced, we are all having trouble finding jobs. I'm sure there are districts out there who would jump at the chance to have you. You just have to find one. I would expand your search and really paper the state with resumes. You mentioned teaching abroad...can you get certified in other states and relocate?