I was at a substitute meeting (this morning) in this district that i would have given my right arm to work in full-time. This is the district where i have subbed in for two years (and ALSO taught in their summer school for three years). Each time i would get a subbing job or asked to teach summer school (and reasked and reasked) I was SURE that I was on an inside track. But if an opening was posted (and you KNOW I applied the DAY it opened up)I wasn't even CALLED for an interview. I have decided that this school is more of a user with teachers like me. We are good enough when they are desparate. Example: I was called to sub on a 30 degree below 0 (windchill) day when all other districts in the area were closed and while THEIR teachers wouldn't leave their homes. Or when they have a hole to fill (their teachers won't teach summer school). I guess, i'm good enough to teach THAT...just not good enough to teach REAL school. Therefore, i do believe that I won't be returning to this school this summer. I'll pack up my VERY VERY successful summer school class (which has attracted a number of kids who return for more year after year), and go somewhere where they let you "in" BECAUSE they believe in your abilities (and that BELIEF moves you ahead). So, I'm sitting at this meeting, and in comes the principal of the intermediate grades building (who also acted as the summer school principal). ---Deleted section because I thought better of what I was going to post here.--- Anyway...I'm at this meeting and she comes in late to do her portion of the presentation. She announces, "Sorry. I was at a meeting for new teachers in our district. We have 12 brand new, first year teachers this year. How exciting!" What??????? I saw openings for 2. Sure, maybe there were also postings for a few specialists (speech pathology or something like that), but 12???? I was there for two months through the summer. EVERYDAY (and checked their website daily). And I NEVER heard of more than 2 slots opened. Again these were not internal switching situations ...but NEW first year teachers. I'm sorry... I'm insulted! I mentioned to one of my references at the beginning of summer school (my reference is a woman that I conceived and co-taught this summer school course with. She is the rare in-district teacher who is also a regular teacher summer school staff member) that I was upset not being called at least for an interview for the one (at the time) opening. She said that the job was given to a woman who worked for the district previously...and was returing to work after a few years. (So THIS one opening-out of the two that I saw ALL summer long was not even one of the 12 that were hired!!!) I guess, in it's simplest form, my arguement stands as... it's as if I am your regular daycare provider. But when you and your husband are going away for a vacation...in planning who will watch the kids... you don't even CONSIDER me over total strangers who simply send you a letter of interest. This IS insulting. 12 new teachers....huh.