I am in my early 40's and became certified to teach in 2012. I have been a paraprofessional working with special ed. for 3 years and this last year I was a title 1 aide. If you are a principal or teacher that interviews and hires, is this a big red flag to not hire me as a teacher? My own district has passed me up many times to hire other people in and out of the district. At the end of this school year, I really thought I would get a position, but the principle decided she wanted to hire teachers with experience, of course not all of them had experience. I am trying to figure out where I stand and if I should prepare to not be a teacher. This will be my 5th year as an aide, and I really don't want to go back to that school. I would rather go to another school, but all I can do is apply and hope something works in my favor one of these days.