I live in Western PA--and I have to tell you that the market here for teachers is terrible. The one school I was trying to get a job at has over 50 applicants a day sending in resumes--just because. They have so many applicants--300 for every 1 elem. ed position open!! I've been a SAHM for 9 years and just starting looking this year for a teaching job---I might as well forget it. I called the one school (less desirable) that I applied at and they told me that since they had so many applicants they are only interviewing teachers with 6 OR MORE YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE!!!! This blows my mind!! Good luck to all of you out there--if it's anything like here you better be the mayor's daughter or something if you expect to get into a school district full time. That's the truth---who cares if you can teach--but more like--I know or I am related to so and so. I am happy to say that I did accept a position at a local private school in special education. I will be making less than half of what I would be making in a public school. I really feel this is where God wants me to start, although some days I ask-"will I make enough to even cover the gas expense to get me there" Good luck to you all--I hope things are better where you live.