Hello, everyone. I am a high school ELA teacher in New Jersey, and I have been teaching for about five years now. For the past year, I've been working as a long-term sub in a wonderful district. My assignment will be finished in June, and although my heart is broken over this, I'm trying to stay positive. I got into a PhD program in English, and I was hoping I could attend it while working as a high school teacher. Luckily, the program is flexible, so I can take classes part-time at night. However, life has other plans for me it seems. I'm just feeling so worried about my resume. This is my third high school. I just want to settle down in one school and start working towards tenure. I'm 30 years old. For background information, my first two years were as a long-term sub (to get my license through alternate route), and the following two years were in an urban district (I left after two years to teach college full-time). Now, I'm here as a long-term sub at this school, and I feel like I lost it. Anyway, my biggest question is this: if I take some time off to pursue my PhD, will it look bad on my resume? Or should I continue to search for a new high school and pursue my PhD on the side?