Please vote and help me decide what to do. I keep going back and forth and maybe some sound judgement will help I am a 1st year 5th grade teacher in North Carolina, so the job market is fairly good. Here is some background information: Reasons I want to stay/things I like: ~I have FANTASTIC administration! ~I am comfortable and don't really want to learn a whole new system/routines right away. Reasons I want to leave: ~I do not have a good relationship with my mentor and the other teacher on my grade level (they are very gossipy and highschoolish and it drives me nuts!) ~I drive 38 miles each way (I work in a rural school and am not a rural person!) ~My building has a bad rodent problem (however, I haven't seen anything in a few months) ~I have lunch, recess and after school duties. I have three 45-minute planning sessions, two of which are taken up by trainings at least 75% of the time. ~My building is pretty rundown. Carpet is severely stained, coming up and I trip on it, paint peeling off the cupboard, blinds that do not close, windows that do not open. I guess my biggest problem with leaving is my lack of confidence. I had a bad student teaching experience, I subbed for two years before getting a job, etc... So, I feel that if I leave the school where I have supportive administration, I will drown. That maybe someone else wouldn't be as patient with me. My other issue is loyalty. I feel I owe it to my principal to stay. She hired me, she's helped me all year and I feel I'd be a horrible person if I left. I also feel like I am being snobbish. My reasons for wanting to leave are pretty immature to me. So, I feel that I need to suck it up and deal with it. Now, a few arguements for leaving: The job market is good. I live in one (two really) of the best school districts in the state, definitely with in the Charlotte area. The town is split into two districts and BOTH are VERY desirable. One is opening a new school in the fall and the other has expanded several schools by 10-25 class rooms each. So, there should be many jobs open. Plus, these schools have more resources than my school has (technology wise among other things). So, what would YOU do in my situation? As I said, I go back and forth. Honestly, if it weren't for my principal, I'd be gone in a heartbeat. Well, I appreciate any opinions!!