I've always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little kid, and most of the time, I love the job and would never want to do anything else. That said, I sometimes feel embarrassed when people ask me what I do for a living, and I respond "teacher". Some of it has to do with the fact that I graduated first in my high school class, and lots of people (my parents included) just naturally expected that I would become a doctor or a lawyer or some other high-paying job. I think a lot of it also has to do with the current "teacher bashing" atmosphere in our state and in many others. Does anyone else ever feel similarly?