Essentially, the years I spent teaching in Arizona, and all the endorsements I have from that time, don't count in California because (a) they happened before I had my MAT (I taught in Arizona as a Highly Qualified teacher under NCLB, using my BA but without a license), and (b) California doesn't recognize Arizona programs as rigorous enough to warrant notice-- which I can't exactly argue with. And, since I never taught full-time in my own classroom in Oregon, and I've only taught here in a private (sorry, "independent") school, the teachers' commission here is treating me as though I have no teaching experience despite being monumentally overeducated for the California credentialing process. So, that's fun.
It wouldn't be too terrible if I thought we were going to stay in California for longer than a year, but with Devin graduating next year my best guess is that we're moving states again, and probably not back to anywhere we've lived before. So it hardly seems worth it to clear my credential here when I'm going to have to go through the process of becoming credentialed-- or licensed-- in a fourth state relatively soon. At least my education always transfers, even if the various state-specific tests and certificates and endorsements for teaching English Language Learners don't. I have looked into National Teaching Boards, but they make a person choose Math OR Science, and that's just not how I roll, philosophically speaking.
So, I'll probably deal with the ELL thing this summer, just because that piece of it might actually do me some good in the future even if we do move, and then switch my focus to applying to doctoral programs. If, after Devin graduates, we end up staying in California after all, I have until 2021 to clear the rest of the paperwork-- and I can still work here, even in the public schools, in the meantime.
In other news of which I do not have pictures: I ended up tossing the felted wool, and I got distracted by baby knitting. Something about tiny garments with stripes is absolutely addicting.