A teacher at my school resigned at year's end to leave the classroom and take a job in the private sector. It's now been what ... about two months ... and he just asked administration for his job back. It turns out that things aren't always peachy in the private sector. I could have told him that since I spent six years in the private sector after I quit my job as an elementary teacher. His job was just offered to someone else and the building administrator told me that if this other person doesn't take the job, he'll consider other applicants. He'll only take this teacher back if he can't fill the position. Have any of you ever known a teacher to resign only to realize that he/she made a horrible mistake and would like to come back? Even if this teacher is allowed to come back, I think things could be a bit awkward for him. This person allegedly told others about how great it'd be to work in the private sector and how much money he'd make etc. Speaking for myself, I think he came across as arrogant. I wasn't sorry to see him leave because he was clearly only "marking time" until something "better" came along. I think students ideally deserve teachers with better attitudes. Teaching for me is more than just a job. It's a lifestyle choice.