Hi, I've been curious about this for some time given that this website seems to draw educators from all across the US and Canada. I just read a post about how teachers in California have to give up their preps to cover when a supply (sub) can't be found. This is very surprising to me; although I've done this in the past voluntarily to help the school out, no principal here would dare ask a teacher to do that, the union would come down so hard. For reference, I teach in a suburban board in Ontario, Canada. What is teaching like where you live? I'm in my early 30's and have been teaching for 4 years...although there are many things that stress me out on a daily basis, and education in Ontario certainly has a long way to go towards equity, I'm quite glad to be a teacher. I feel I'm very well (and fairly) compensated for my work, and I can actually teach meaningful content and enjoy my interactions with the kids (for example, in Ontario we only have 1 standardized test per year in the elementary panel, and it's only for grades 3 and 6).