I've been in my school since 1993...my first job right out of college. I actually did leave for 2 years to accompany my husband overseas for his job, and when we returned, amazingly, there was a position open in the same school I'd left! Obviously, I love it there. My kids go there, which ties me to the school at least until my 2nd grader goes to middle school. Not only am I in the same school, I'm in only my second grade (have done KDG for 2 years, PK for all of the others) and am still in the same exact classroom that I moved into in 1995! However, I can't help but think I'm missing something. I have a good teacher friend who changes jobs every 3 years. She's taught MS Spanish, HS Spanish, elementary media, middle school library. Another friend of mine changed grades this year, moving to first after 12 years in KDG, and told me today that she only plans 2-3 years in first before trying to change schools. I wonder if there is something wrong with me that I don't seek change?? Shouldn't I WANT to experience something new?? I just don't want to become stale, and I don't want to become one of "those" old fuddy-duddy teachers. I have nothing wrong with being an older teacher....just as long as I stay fresh and engaged.