Hello! I am teaching at a charter school in NC. Currently, I am with my students for 7 hours a day, then they go to specials. I have to stay with them at lunch and take them to recess daily, so I have to eat my lunch while monitoring them. My planning period is cut down to 25 minutes due to our specials being at the end of the day; however, our planning periods are also scheduled as meetings with admin. 3 out of 5 days a week. So essentially, I am getting no lunch break and a total of 50 minutes a week for planning. Then, we have to sponsor a club and a committee and make plans/manage those on top of our teaching responsibilities. I am ready to leave the profession. I enjoy teaching the students and working with families, but I can't keep working and being away from my family for 12-14 hours everyday plus working 4+ hours each day on the weekend. To top it off, administration constantly sends emails pointing out to all of us what we aren't doing correctly. I feel like admin. should talk directly to the teachers that aren't doing something instead of taking it out on all of us. I fully expected to take home work and looked forward to grading papers and such. Instead, I am at school until 6-7 pm daily and then working until I go to bed and working in the mornings on the weekend. I am a very detailed and organized person as well. Is it like this elsewhere? I hate to complain; I have wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I just wish I could spend more time at school on teaching and planning instead of meetings where we all have to sit because admin. chose to renew a teacher's contract that doesn't want to be there (and it shows). Sorry for my long post. Thanks for reading and your advice.