Hi all. I'm under a significant amount of distress as I type this. I received my teaching license last month after completing my student teaching experience. I am in the science field. During the middle of March the Jr. High Science teacher went on an unexpected maternity leave early. My host teacher, who teaches high school science, and the administration of the school decided that I should finish out my student teaching experience teaching Jr. High Science which concluded on April 19th. As the Jr. High Science teacher would not be returning for this past school year, I was approached about finishing up the entire school year teaching Jr. High Science. Secretly I did not want to, as I wanted to focus more intently on searching for jobs in teaching, but I agreed to. As expected I became more attached to the students and the staff at this school. I grew to LOVE this school. It was SO hard for me to leave the school at the end of the year that I cried when I got home. I was a kid magnet, and I felt like one of the family of the school. (Two kids designated me as there favorite teacher at the honors banquet, and I was simply a student teacher/long term substitute.) Fast forward to last Wednesday. I learned that the Jr. High Science teacher would not be returning, and that the job had been posted. I immediately applied and presented my materials in person to the principal. I had made plans to be away from the area for a time this summer back in March, but when I heard about the position opening up I delayed my flight by two weeks.....heck, I would stay the whole summer if I had too. The principal had told me I would not need to stay, since she already knows me and it wouldn't jeopardize my chances, but I'd rather stay here in the meantime. In fact, I went to an interview yesterday and I have another one next week. I gave my materials to the principal on Thursday of last week. It is now Friday of the following week, and I have heard nothing. What really is distressing and depressing me is that a teacher from another school district, my host teacher told me, was also applying for the job. She is the wife of one of the school's football coaches (where I student taught/long-term subbed) and has more experience than me. Right now I feel crushed because I feel that classroom has my name written all over it. The kids liked me, the staff got along fine with me and I can only hope liked me, and my host teacher KNOWS I've been wanting that job because I liked the school so darn much. As I said, a district I applied to last week is already interviewing me next Wednesday, but I have heard nothing from this district I student taught at and did a long term subbing position at. I was certain I would be a shoe-in. However, and I hate bringing this up, but does being married to the right people matter? Can nepotism matter in hiring teachers? I have so much enthusiasm and energy for the students I have already gotten to know. I have such great plans and would be more than willing to do extra-curricular activities. In fact, I even volunteered for to be on their National Honor Society selection committee and went to a couple of sporting events. I thought all that stuff mattered. ;( I mean from March to May I was leading the whole Jr. High science curriculum. Should the school have contacted me by now, or are they just being slow? I mean, when the school needed me to stay, I was there for them. They know I put in several nights in staying late to do planning and got there early in the morning. Teachers, any thoughts???