Hello fellow teachers… I need help! Now, in trying to resolve this matter, I have turned to many of my friends and they have proven to be helpful to varying degrees. Yet, I figured, at this late hour in the decision process, why not turn to such a wonderful community of teachers... I have lived in NYC for ten years now having moved there from Louisiana (I was 30 then). I am currently on leave through the end of January to be with the family after my brother lost his two-year battle with lung cancer. So I am in Louisiana and feel compelled to stay closer to my family (in reality, closer to my mom….) But here’s the root of the dilemma: I have a job that I absolutely love and I am paid nearly 80k a year. As a high school English teacher, I am able to teach the material I am passionate about. I was able to create senior electives based on my literary/philosophical interests (Existential Literature). And I have a wonderfully supportive administration. Finally, I work with students who are incredibly motivated and love being in school (I know crazy!). In short, this high school (which shall remain nameless) has proven to be a dream school. I should also add that I have permanent certification and have great job security. But my mom is in Louisiana... I have been offered a position here at a local high school. Naturally, the pay is considerably less (but so is cost of living), but that is the least of my worries. The new job will not allow me the autonomy and creative control that my current one does, so I fear that I will not be as inspired, will not love the position as much. I have sat in on the classes I would be teaching and let’s just say the students would rather be elsewhere and have no difficulty letting the sub know as much. At my current school in NYC, the focus is on content and process everyday, whereas at this school, a great deal of time is spent on discipline. Additionally, I worry about the new evaluation system in the state. In short, I feel as though leaving my position in NYC, is professionally the wrong move. Yet, leaving Louisiana is personally the wrong move. How does one make this type of decision? Do I step away from my career in NYC, one that I love? Or do I leave my family in Louisiana? I know no one can decide for me, but I am just curious to know what you think... Thank you so much.