It's hard to avoid the horror stories of being a first year teacher. The evidence is right here on this board and it's obvious. The cards are stacked against a 1st year teacher. Credentialing programs don't do a good job (nor is it possible) to prepare a new teacher for the things they will face. And with seniority, it's almost a sure thing a new teacher will be placed in the least desirable setting. With that said, I guess I will try to present a positive story so prospective teachers will see there is hope. I'm teaching my first year and I like it. I applied for this job through EdJoin as an afterthought because the location and school didn't interest me. When I got called for an interview, I even thought about not going because I didn't really want a job that far anyways. I reluctantly went and left the interview feeling like I screwed it up. A few days later, I was offered the job. The first day was great. Everyone I met was nice. The administrators were really nice. My department was really nice. My department head, who will eventually be my mentor, is really nice. I was given a less than stellar classroom (being low on the totem pole and all). But I've grown to like it. My neighbors are really nice. The kids are low. Some are super low. But they, for the most part, are really good kids. This is a high school with a large population receiving free lunch. I don't feel any kind of pressure. People are willing to help as soon as I ask. I have tons of resources including lesson plans and materials. Again, all I have to do is ask and people hand it over freely. If I need supplies, I can get it. I can see myself teaching here for my entire career. But alas, the distance is still (and probably the main issue). It's the setting. You have to set yourself up for a good environment. Find a good school. For many new teachers, that is impossible. So you have to do your time and transfer. But don't give up yet feeling like teaching isn't for you because of your environment. I lucked into this school. If you like teaching, stick it through until you've at least given yourself another shot in a different school. It's not going to always be bad the first few years!