Anyone from Texas especially the Dallas Ft Worth area - PLEASE LEND YOUR ADVICE. Here is my situation. I am enrolled into an Alternative Certification Program- IteachTexas. I work as an aide currently at a high school. I thought that I would be able to work as an aide and find a job starting in January. I have my application out at a handful of nearby districts. There are job postings at some of them. I send personal emails to the principals at the schools that are hiring. I have yet to hear back from anyone! I am getting really worried that I will not find anything for the Spring. I know that teachers leave from time to time and sometimes create new positions so why am I having such a hard time? Texas does not have an overage of teachers I don't think. I personally believe that districts do not like candidates that are in Alternative Certification. I read on a couple of district websites that they will not consider Alternative candidates- they want certified applicants. One district is having a job fair next year and in the fine print is says that only certified applicants are allowed to attend and which does not include alternative certification. I am getting really stressed out and depressed. I am making less money as an aide then when I worked as a bank teller in college! I want to continue working in education but have either got to get hired as a teacher or get a 3rd job. Any suggestions or input from those experience would be appreciated.