Do you ever find that sometimes being a teacher means more to the other people in your life than it does to you yourself? For example: I have a friend, who, whenever we're someplace together and someone asks what I do for a living, he jumps in with "she's a teacher" before I can take a breath to answer on my own. On one hand, yes, there's a pride in the profession, but since I only recently received my credential after a career change and since I'm subbing, I don't always feel like "a teacher." Often I feel like a babysitter, or still a teacher-in-training putting in my dues. When you tell someone you're a teacher, it opens up the next question of, "what grade do you teach." As a sub, I have to explain that I'm subbing, that teaching jobs are scarce here, blah blah blah. Even when I finally finished my courses, I found that family and friends were more excited about the whole thing than I was at that point. I was simply exhausted. Then, there's the "summers off" and "only work until 3" myth...anyway, do you ever find yourself up against others' romanticized ideas of the profession?