I work hard. I have my lesson plans that are due on Monday turned in on Thursday/Friday the week before. I plan lessons that make my students excited. Parents send me notes telling me how much their child loves school and me---usually after a year of hating school. I am at school 15-30 minutes earlier than required each day. I volunteer for duties to help others. I have wonderful test results. I design my own curriculum because the school doesn't want to purchase me any. I spend my vacation attending workshops without asking the school to pay for them. Last year I attended a workshop on my birthday (a Saturday). But for all of this, I feel that I am punished. Teachers that don't do their jobs are given new rooms with upgraded facilities. They are allowed to be out of their room in other teachers rooms visiting when students are suppose to be in their care. They are late each day. They never volunteer to help others, but we are expected to bend over backwards for them. I will be looking for a job in private business this summer. I have decided that I am tired of feeling unappreciated. I want a job that I can leave at quitting time and not pick up until I get to work each day. I want a job where I don't have to fight administration for what is best for kids or to have them tested or serviced. I want a job that I don't have to watch what I drink or where I go in case one of the parents are there to report me for acting human. I want a job that pays better for the degree I have. And more than anything, I want to work in a job where people who don't do their job are fired. Am I the only one that feels this way?