Long story short (not really). I’ve been a gen ed teacher for 11 years and switched to sped last year, and I pretty much hate it for a ton of different reasons. My director is of NO help, my caseload averages 45 students, I have 7 grade levels to plan for, I have kids who aren’t sped in my room because they need extra help or they need a sensory break, etc. My principal made it clear that she wouldn’t move me out of sped back to gen ed, and that’s pretty clear since they’ve now had 4 gen ed spots open and hired from the outside for all of them. So, I sent my resume to the district I was before my current school because they had a gen ed spot open. I got a call for a sped spot. My initial thought was, “Hell, no!” But the director started telling me about their program, and they offer a lot of support to their sped teachers. I’d only have two grade levels, max at 25 caseload, etc. My husband and I visited about, and I ultimately decided to stay at my current school. My thought process was that I’m obviously going to be in sped next year anyway, so I might as well stay at a place I’ve been at for the last 6 years. Well, my para quit (she’s honestly what kept me sane last year) and they’re thinking about restructuring things which would give me another grade level to plan for and would make my caseload 47. I’m lower elementary, so I know I’ll get more referrals. I’m really regretting not interviewing for my former school. It’s been three weeks, so realistically it’s been filled. But how bad would it look if I called and asked to be considered for any other sped positions that become available? Maybe if I explain my situation carefully, I don’t walk it to look like I’m trash talking my district, she’ll understand where I’m coming from? I’ve accepted the fact that I’ve pigeonholed myself into sped. I’m trying to be optimistic and think it will make a difference if it’s a better ran program.