I teach second grade in a small charter school. Recently, I have purchased a house that is approximately 33 miles from school. Now, I really like my charter school. I have 12 students and have no pressure from adminstration. However, the pay is lower than working for a normal public school. Also, all the teaching resources are old and outdated, and there are no math or science manipulatives. I have spent over $2,000 this year alone in getting my classroom set up. By coincidence, I was looking through the jobs section of the newspaper and saw an ad seeking teachers at a school right down the road from my new house. I went on the interview and was offered a job. I was so happy because now the commute is shorter AND the pay is more. Now, the hard part would be to tell my employer that I am leaving. I thought that she would wish me well and send me on my way. But no, that is not what happened. She chewed me out from left to right. She told me that I have no moral or ethical responsibilities towards my students, and that I would scar them forever. I was shocked. Anyone who walks through my classroom can clearly tell that I care about these kids. However, I cannot turn an opportunity down that is closer to my house and more $$. Needless to say, no one at work is talking to me as I finish my last two weeks. I feel awful, but in the same respect, I feel that I have made the best decision for me and my family. I just moved here and am starting for scratch. I need to make more money. Has anyone ever been in this situation, or have any opinions? Please keep your comments upbeat.