On two fronts:

1. A principal would like me to explain why I've had so many long term sub positions.

Real answer: When I was looking for a job, I took the first available. Those were always LTSes and since they paid well, I didn't mind. They keep me for a few years, but then that person comes back and I'm gone.

How do I make that sound "right"?

2. Current boss at place I'd love to stay and has an opening today: "Hey, how's the job search going?" We discuss for a bit. Then, " I wish we could keep you." WTF? Now I'm freaking out. Is there no hope for me? They're starting interviews next week I think. Can I ask her about it?

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It's really upsetting—I know the kids love me and the VP was like "Hey, been meaning to talk to you—people are saying really great things about you—kids, parents, colleagues. You're doing a great job!"

So I was like YAAAAAAY! But now I'm like: "Oh shoot, the decision has been made and it's not me."

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Thoughts? What can I do? Is it okay if I ask my boss tomorrow if I'll be getting an interview?