This was my 5th year at this district. It was a horrible year and it was over yesterday. I'm so happy and excited, I cant express it. First there was a lot of stress (personal). - Started with my dad passing away on August 1st - 2 months later my dog poisoned (survived) and no, I can't compare him to my father passing away, but it was a violation of privacy and feeling of safety as it was done by an ex-bf from 2 years prior, and had no way of preventing further incidents. Luckily there was no more, but it was very difficult. - I won't even mention breaking up with the bf, that was not that hard lol. Then there was stress (work related). - We had a new principal and I already knew how everything was going to work, and it went down just like that. He always criticized my work and questioned my assignments I have always been regarded as a teacher who brings higher expectations and make the kids think and offer them a very different perspective, as also has been said by the superintendent herself on several occasion. This was hard. I hated it. He is no longer a principal but will be a teacher, and I also predicted that (I have to admit, I'm a little bit of a psychic lol) - because of this principal, the morale of the school has gone done. The kids have gotten wild. Consequences were not consistent and not enforced. He would reason with the kids and afraid to really put his foot down. You wouldn't believe the amount of cussing flying around and no one doing anything about. The lack of motivation, the entitlement, the disrespect. He couldn't even control them, they would cuss him out and / or walk away. Although most of my classes were great and I truly enjoyed those kids, just 1-2 classes (1 consistently) and a few kids in addition made it extremely difficult. I'm sure you've read my thread about coming back from my surgery. - we had 15 minutes a day to grade and prep for 3 classes. Really ? I don't even need to say any more. I refuse to stay at work until 5 pm, I leave at contract time I started working through lunch, and planning lessons and grading during class time whenever kids were working independently. Sometimes this was 10 minutes, other times most of the class. I actually got really good at it, but my lessons were not what they used to be. I felt that admin with the choices of our hours have clipped my wings of creativity and enthusiasm. Just in case you didn't know, we have to create our curriculum, we are not given any pacing guide, or any guidance or expectations at all. And we have to create new curriculum every year, because the kids that were in my English 1 class last year will be there again (at least 50 % of them), and that goes for every class. So it has to be new curriculum. This was my 5th year so I was able to recycle some lessons here and there but it's not like I was reteaching an entire year's work. No, I t's just plan, plan, plan, which is fine, I enjoy it, but not on 15 minutes a day. Then there was the pain. As you know I have been in pain for most of the school year, in extreme pain from about December - January. After my surgery it was still difficult, it wasn't until the last 10 days of school I was no longer taking any pain killers and for the past 4-5 days I finally feel normal. So in February I've decided that I wanted to transfer over to our independent academy. This was a huge deal because I thought I would never want to work there. I did it for summer school, part time during my first year and hated it. No teaching, just a lot of paperwork. But now that meant a different principal, no classroom management and behavior issues, no working over time, and planning my year 2 weeks before the school year even starts, I can truly just leave work at work. I would still be working with the high school age at-risk youth and helping them graduate high school. There was not a big chance of this happening because we would have needed an opening (someone leaving) So as it turned out, due to budget issues we are merging with that school, so everyone was able to voice a preference and I was given the position of an independent study teacher. And already met the new principal, he seems great. I am so incredibly happy. Today is the first day of summer vacation. Woke up at 4:30, went fishing, (didn't catch anything), went shopping, came home took a nap and I have not a care in the world. For the first time in 6 years I will not have work in the back of my head: what novel are we going to read? What am I going to teach for all 3 classes? How is it all going to work out? The day before the first day of school I can just come home from camping, the next morning wake up, take a shower, make my lunch and go to work.