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I taught for 32 years.... retired in 2006. Most of those years were in 5th grade. Have been subbing on a regular basis since then--Grades K-12. Each grade level is so unique.. I am enjoying it tremendously...I have the best of both worlds.... RETIRED and yet can return to a classroom and still enjoy Kids!!!! I believe being around kids is ""the fountain of youth"". I am enjoying reading everyones history in education!!!

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Some humor for my math teacher friend, Lovestoteach.

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It surprises me how many here still love teaching. I work in a large district with 121 faculty members in my school alone. I bet you at least 80% of them are unhappy. I wonder if people say how much they love the kids because it is expected of them. I have met some of the rudest most disrespectful,cruel children I have ever met(and I went to this same school and was born and raised and still live in this town) Yes, I have met a few nice kids but as for the others once I stop teaching I hope I never see them again! It makes me want to move knowing what kind of people might eventually be my neighbors.

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On 8/30/2014 PalmTree11 said:
On 8/29/2014 starpolisher said:
On 8/27/2014 Jazzgrl said: 36 yrs, retired in June 2013. Haven't missed it for a nano-second! Love, love, love retirement!

This is my 26th and LAST year! I will miss my colleagues but not the paperwork, tyrannical principal, numerous administrators over me, nor the rudeness and disrespect from students and stress that I've had to deal with on a daily basis. I guess I'm the odd one here but teaching for me has really changed. For me it is a second career. I was a nurse for 22 years and went back to school to be a teacher when DS's were little. I've gone from loving every minute of it to dreading everyday I have to go. I teach special ed. and find that nowadays "everything" is labeled special ed. Mostly it's behavior problems that have a lot to do with the home life. I see very little growth anymore and just students who are being "pushed through the system". I no longer get any satisfaction from it but rather think I'm doing the students and society a disservice by having "my hands tied" not allowing me to be able to really "teach" anymore. I'm happy for those of you that love it but I will not miss it!

Going on my 8th year teaching special ed. I hear you completely. Many a day I wonder what my life would be like had I chosen a different career.

Palmtree, There are several young teachers where I work who feel as you do. Most of them are in school to become administrators or guidance counselors. They want out of the classroom. Good luck to you!

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25 years. I have never felt more rewarded at times.... I don't make a lot of money, but I feel often I feel like George in "It's a Wonderful Life"! I could not imagine doing any other occupation.

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I taught 32!! Enjoying my retirement.
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Really had to do the Math...31 and still enjoying it! Not getting any easier, but love the kids. They really do keep you young! (as long as you can grab a nap when you get home ! ; )

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26 full time, 6 part-time.

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34 years.