I've been a full time teacher. Now I work as a substitute. My career has gone off the rails. My full time teaching position was cut due to layoffs. I moved all over the country looking for teaching positions. No luck. I settled into subbing. I enjoy teaching, but each year becomes more difficult due to the lack of respect from faculty and students. I feel like the class monkey. I get depressed. I tried other careers to get some dignity -- but ended up in call centers, retail sales jobs, and poorly paid office positions with bad bosses. I want to be a teacher again, but cannot stomach the out of pocket tuition costs of 20k to 60k to meet the state requirements. At my age of 55, it is not financially doable. Alternative licensure is a joke. You end up teaching at a charter school -- not a real public school. I'm better than this, but can't find a way out with rising inflation, high tuition costs, lack of respect, and no other options. Anyone else going through this hell?