Hi Everyone! I'm having no luck this summer landing a teaching job. Here's my story (sorry if it's long). First year teaching I taught pre-k special ed part time. It was a one year contract so even if I wanted to stay I couldn't. After that I was hired in an urban setting as a 2nd grade teacher. The principal was very difficult to work with and as hard as I tried the more she had was out to get me. My brother was in the hospital for over a month that year and she told me to "just deal with it." I resigned after 7 months as 2nd grade teacher b/c I had no support, difficult children, and mostly because of what was going on w/my brother. I ended up daily subbing in the district I student taught in till end of the year. After that I continued to job hunt but didn't get anything that met my needs so I became a special ed. teaching assistant for in a prominent district. It was great experience as I worked with a girl with Down Syndrome. I worked so hard in the position helping both the teacher out and students. However, I continued to job hunt for a long-term sub position. I ended up getting a position in January for a teacher going on medical leave(this was last year) in district I daily subbed in. Before leaving, I asked the teacher I was TA for if she would be able to write me a letter of recommendation letter. She hesitated and finally told me she didn't feel comofortable writing me one, but told me to ask my supervisor the director of spec ed. She ended up writing me one but only wrote me one attesting that I worked in as as TA (nothing outstanding). I did however get a letter from the child's parent that I worked with and now I am tutoring her this summer. When I left in January of this year I left to become a long-term sub in kindergarten. Position was only suppose to last for a month, but the teacher liked me a lot and after she came back from medical leave she wanted me to stay part time while she recovered (she also saw how much the students liked me). This was last school year. This summer I had about 5 interviews, but nothing became of them. I am very dissappointed, aggrivated, and bummed about it. However, the district I was a long-term sub for offered me a professional development intern position where I'd daily sub guaranteed everyday w/higher pay and medical benefits (no dental) when teacher's have mtgs or grade level stuff to take care of. I've already subbed in the district before and feel often times you don't get known that way. I feel like I should still continue to job hunt (as I was told I can accept position which I did and continue to job hunt), but I spoke to someone my dad knows who use to be a superintendent and he knows my job situations and he told me once I receive the finalization paperwork (which I was told will be mailed after Monday) that I should stay for the entire school year and then job hunt next spring/summer (2008-2009). I feel like I'd be cheating myself if I don't continue job hunting for a full year long-term sub or last minute contracted position as I ultimately want to be a teacher not an intern/sub. What do you all suggest considering my history of leaving jobs so much. Some of it is not under my control and it is just so aggrivating. So, I know what others are going through. Thanks in advance for reading this long post. I appreciate it!