Although I try to remain hopeful, I am finding that it all boils down to WHO you know, not WHAT you know. I've been certified and searching for 3 years, have been subbing, volunteering, working as a Literacy Coach, and raising a family. This is a career change, although it has been on my heart to teach since the age of 4. No one cares if I have a 4.0 GPA and have dedicated most of my free time to teaching-related activities. They still consider me "without experience" and would prefer to hire a YOUNGER recent college grad, who's best friend is a friend of the superintendent or the principal. I would love to go back and get an endorsement in Math to make me more marketable, but I can't even pay my mortgage. I would love to give the counselors a piece of my mind who told me there was a shortage in CT and there would be tons of teaching jobs when I graduate - I'm still waiting after 3 years! Sorry to sound so discouraged - I pray for all of you to find the perfect job you are searching for. God Bless.