Hi folks, Unfortunately, teaching has not worked out for me. I am in my 8th year and I very desperately need to find another career. You may have noticed my username - teaching-is-hell - and sadly that is what it has become for me. It is hell for me for a variety of reasons. The greatest factor - by a mile - is the stress. I, honestly, without exaggeration, believe that this profession is killing me. I am working my way to an early grave. My stress levels are through the roof: I have constant headaches, I am angry all the time, I am constantly frustrated with the illogical stupidity of a broken, convoluted system that makes things harder than they have to be - the list goes on and on. I came in with the best of intentions, as we all do, but the writing is on the wall. It is time. The only problem is that I haven't a clue what to do next. If I were in my twenties, making 40K, and single this would not be such a big deal. I would just jump into something with a starter salary and roll the dice. However, I am 37, with a stay-at-home wife and three young kids, and I am making 65K. I am so nervous about leaving. I feel trapped. I do not know of a career that will pay me 65+ (I can't make less right now) in which I start out from scratch. In addition, I feel as though I cannot get hired as a teacher anywhere else. I teach history, which seems to be saturated with applicants. My school has only hired newbies for history jobs. I applied all over the place two years ago and didn't get one single interview. I am too expensive and school districts with tight budgets aren't going to spend 20K more a year on a low priority subject (at least that's how my district seems to view it). I also want to move grades. I teach 6th and the age is the worst match for me. I do not have the temperament for 11-12 year-old children. My boss is a power-hungry, hot-tempered jerk who I do not get along with. He has stomped on my attempts to move up to an older grade twice already. It's strictly personal, although the sociopath would, likely, tell you otherwise. I am stuck. I do not care about the summers or the other vacations. I do not care about the coveted pension. I don't believe in the "make a difference" bull crap anymore. Our rotten, broken system exacerbates the deep, difficult problems of the profession more and more every year. I want out. Badly. Now. For my health and happiness. What can I do? I am frozen and terrified about what to do next. What careers can I pursue? How can I translate my teaching experience into something else? How can I make the money I need to maintain the status quo? I feel as though my options are limited. I can't do this any longer. Please help!