[MenTeach: We receive letters from people asking for help. This letter is representative of the tight economy.]

I’ve taught in inner city Houston schools for 17 years, mostly grades 2-4. I then taught in a suburban public school for two years. For the past 1 1/2 years I’ve taught in a private theraputic boarding school for troubled youth, a job which I totally enjoyed. That school is now being closed dued to the economic downturn.

I’m running into not only the unofficial gender bias but the unofficial age bias. (I’m 56.)

Jobs that seem to be available for me are things like appliance sales rather than teaching.

Admittedly, this isn’t the best time of year to secure a teaching position, but I’m open to ideas.