Firstly, sorry if this topic comes up often. I didn't run into any immediate threads whose circumstances were similar to mine, so I decided to brave it and start a new one. I have two to four years where one of my employment options may be to teach high school. I have not applied yet and may not actually get a job, but I have some reason to believe the opportunity is there (they have need for someone with my educational background, which is a masters degree in a mathematical science). I have teaching experience, but only at the college level. These are primarily freshman students. Some of this teaching experience is entirely independent (including determining the lesson plan and being the sole teacher in the class). I have never taken any classes in education and have no understanding of exactly how teaching high school will be different (but am learning - feel free to educate me). I love to teach. I am an excellent public speaker and comfortable in front of crowds, including classrooms. I enjoy engaging students and do feel satisfaction when they learn something. I have no intention of teaching for a living. My mind could change - and what better way to find out whether it should - but the plan is to change jobs in 2-4 years. So should I go for it and work hard for a couple of years as a secondary school teacher, or am I playing with fire? Do I have much to lose by trying? Do the school system or students? I could definitely have done more research before I posted this, except that I hadn't considered the option until recently, and feel I have limited time to apply for jobs. Your insight could speed things up. Thanks in advance for any responses.