I was gearing up to share with you all a success story in order to provide a voice of inspiration, but alas, this turned into yet another woe-is-me tale. A few weeks ago, I went to a substitute seminar which was basically full of the same old worthless advice. But what made it worthwhile is that I met a woman who was a long term sub for middle school English. She didn't have a degree in English, and she had no interest in the subject and wanted out. The permanent teacher, who has tenure, never showed up for class, therefore, human resources could not post this job yet. I told this woman I would love to take over her class, and she was thrilled to pass me the baton as she wanted out. This woman told the principal about me, and I emailed her about the possibility of becoming the new long term sub. I met with the principal and the VP and it went really well. They loved that I had single subject credential and a master's degree. Moreover, they loved my lesson plans and found them to be creative and engaging. They told me they would like me to start right away and said that this position would eventually become a permanent one because the tenured teacher indicated she would not come back. The principal made it clear that I had the job. I was thrilled. I was going to come in here and encourage you all to talk to other substitute teachers and make those contacts! I was going to come in here and tell you when you least expect it, it will happen for you too. Two days ago the principal emailed me and wrote that she couldn't get back to me as to whether I got the job or not because they were in the process of interviewing candidates. I was supposed to start teaching yesterday and begin the transition process with the departing sub. It's clear this was her way of telling me I did not get the job. I am not sure what happened, but I feel completely demoralized, dejected and depressed. I am not one to count my chickens before they hatch, but I really thought this was it.