I have been working in public schools for the past four years. I also have my Masters. The thing is, I am commuting an hour one way to my current school, and spending about $300/month in gas. The public school districts in my area are a wreck (which is why I left), but the smaller, more functional districts are all about 45 min-1 hr away. So, I understand private schools pay substantially less than public. As best that I can figure, I would be loosing $7000 from my current salary - not offset by the $3000 I would save in gas. I could still get by on a lower salary, but my question is really what is the major difference in benefits, insurance, etc. Does anyone have experience in this area? Am I foolish for considering making the switch?