ok- I love being a special ed teacher. I respect the profession-- but people in my family don't. I come from a family of teachers. They are all general education. Like, I passed all my teachers exams,masters degree, I'm about to student teach--I did everything they did and they have no respect for me as a "teacher"-- my aunt teaches elementary- and she said that I dont' teach " real kids" - how offensive is that? She also says I'm like an "aide" in the building and the only difference is I just get paid more-- I was upset. She was speaking about inclusion. So I am not alone- Special eduaction teachers are REAL teachers too--- don't you agree? WHy do you think people overlook us?