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Seeking Advice: Not happy anymore...

Discussion in 'US – Staffroom' started by shadyleafytree, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. shadyleafytree

    shadyleafytree New commenter

    I have been teaching for about 7 years now. I started off teaching adult education classes for ESL students and I loved it, but the pay was extremely low and I just couldn't afford to teach those classes. I then moved on to teaching secondary education and I loved it at first, but in the past three years I have just started to dislike it. There are some good days, but I feel like they are few and far between. I have thought about switching schools (again) but the last two years I have done that and the feeling always comes back about second semester.

    At any rate, I often dream of having a desk job where I push papers all day because I have become so stressed with teaching it is affecting my health. My diet is terrible, my blood pressure isn't good and I have to take medication, and I have had worries as to how this will affect me in the future. Particularly, in the next year my husband and I want to have another child and we already have a preexisting condition that will complicate the birth....

    The thing is, I don't know how to get OUT of teaching. I have a M. Ed. and 7 years of experience, so I am not exactly on the lower end of the payscale and yet I'm worried that I'm only qualified for entry-level work which will be much less than I make now.

    So...any advice to help me move on?

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