I'm currently teaching junior high English (two grade level preps). I am seriously struggling to make it through. The kids are awful due to poor admin in the past. The new admin is trying to make changes, but the older teachers are making it very difficult to make changes. They are unwilling to do anything differently. The instruction is so far behind in terms of following best practices. There are some teachers using the same lesson plans from 15 years ago. I'm on my own for one of my preps because I refuse to teach using only worksheets and class novel units (aka more worksheets). There's an opening for a position at our local Education Service Center. It's something I think I would enjoy, even though it's not a classroom type position. The pay is roughly the same, so I could swing it financially. So my question is, should I apply? I feel like it would be difficult to keep quiet based on the fact everyone around here knows everyone else. I don't want to not get the job and be even more miserable because everyone knows I applied for another job only a month into school. I'm really torn!