Hello all. After 5 years of public school teaching (Middle school mostly, did one year in elementary), I think I am ready to call it quits. I kept telling myself it would get easier, it would get better, just gotta last until next school year... but it never got better and never got easier. Just harder each year. Last school year I cried for the first time in my classroom and this school year I cry now at home thinking about going to school. It's too much, and it's hurting me mentally... which is why I realized this school year NEEDS to be my last. I do have plans for what I want to do after, but I can't start it until I quit. But I am wondering now if I should even bother waiting until the end of the school year. I don't want to make any mistakes though and just leave on good terms. I don't want to leave my school hanging, because me leaving would do that. I don't want to leave my classes hanging, because that would be wrong to my students... but isn't my mental health way more important than that? And wouldn't it look bad on me, like I'm just some giver-upper? I am trying to stay positive, work hard, be nice, try everything I can, but every day I get beat down and down and I am left feeling like my best wasn't good enough and never will be, and I am finding it harder to hang on until the end of the school year. I honestly don't know how to do it because I am trying with no success. I don't know if I can take this mental torture anymore but I don't know how I would feel about just dropping everything and walking away like that. Would anyone be willing to share their thoughts on this?