Hello all, I'm here as I have a genuine interest in how fellow supply teachers are feeling at the moment with COVID-19 floating around. You see, throughout my 20's I worked as a Nursery Nurse and a Learning Support Assistant. Nudged and prodded into teaching, I became qualified in 2017. Through thick and thin, including the abrupt and heartbreaking early diagnosis of dementia of my mother, I passed my induction year in 2 separate but unsupportive schools. I was proud as punch that I made it through the toughest of odds. To help come to terms with the dementia diagnosis and to redevelop my confidence after those initial experiences, I went into supply last April and I have really enjoyed it. Before COVID-19 I had a developed close relationships with schools and their pupils and with this received regular work. I was even showered with gifts from time to time. I am a good little teacher, I excel with pupil relationships and the kids just love me. Supply definitely reinvigorated that love of working with children I felt in my 20's. Then COVID-19 happened. I'm currently furloughed with a wonderful agency who adore and respect me and the hard work I do. However, in the last couple of months I have completely separated myself from the world of education. I mean completely. It was all brought back to me yesterday when an old mentor from my training pointed me towards a position in his school where I trained. "This is ideal for you, you'd be perfect for the job". Maybe it is and maybe I would be. But, in the last 2 months, I have had a lot of time to think and reassess my life, goals and passions.I questioned was I using supply as a way back into teaching, waiting for an ideal opportunity like the one I just stated? Or, reflecting sadly, was I using supply as a way out of teaching? With a decade of hard work behind me, coupled with a rough start in teaching and a poor mother who relies on me for most things now, COVID-19 made me realise that I may be bummed out from education. However, the crux of it all is that I do enjoy teaching. I love having those little lives look up to me. I love making a difference. Right now, on my desk, sits a mug stating "Thank you for always believing in me Mr Hawkins, love [childs name]". I am so proud of it. I presume I'll stay on the supply books a little longer but I think COVID-19 has given me the time to conclude that it may be time to move on to greener pastures as they say. How has everyone else been feeling about returning? Has COVID-19 given you time to reflect and reassess? COVID-19 aside, how have others seen supply teaching. Have you used it as a way back into teaching? Or a way out? Sorry for the long message, i just needed to communicate it all with someone who could appreciate it. Thanks folks, Hawkins.