You guys, I am stressed. I repeate...STRESSED! I am on the hunt for a new job...and it is stressfull. I have a few questions for those of you that have been in the same boat. I work special ed, self contained k-1. My aides are not the best, which makes me very apprehensive so leave my classroom alone for a day. Whenever I leave plans they do not get done, I am afraid to know what happens all day. ANYWAY, I have an interview for a similar position at a school with a program more geared towards autism this week. Here are my problems... My job has no idea I am looking. What should I say when I take a half day to go interview elsewhere? The guilt is eating me alive. I feel awful thinking about leaving my classroom. Because I'm self contained in a private school for severe cases, I am going to have the same students next year if I stay. I feel like I am leaving them high and dry. They are a challenging group and I worry about the school finding a replacement. Should I push that aside and focus on what is best for me? It feels awful. Like I said, I am STRESSED!