I'm a certified teacher who has been working as a para for the last two school years since I can't find a teaching job. I do what I am supposed to do, even go above and beyond, and never complain about my duties or any extra things that I have to do. For the most part, I like my current job. I am with one class for most of the day (minus lunch duty...more on that later) and I love the teacher that I work with. She is so kind and treats me as an equal. She lets me have some instructional time with the students as well. The kids in the class that I am assigned to are wonderful as well. Also since I'm certified, I can cover for the teacher I'm with or other teachers for a full day. Every time I've done that I have received compliments from the principal or teachers. So those are positive things that I am thankful for all the time. However...I absolutely hate being a "teacher as a para". I hate how some other teachers act towards paras as if we are "beneath" them. We all have the same/similar certifications so it's not like I'm a moron (not saying that paras without a cert should be treated like such). Some parents act this way too. They'll come to the class, say hi to the teacher and walk right past me as if I don't exist. I also hate when I have to go to related arts classes and the teachers sit there and do nothing so the kids are running wild. I used to try to redirect them but it's hard redirecting 20+ kids when they have no structure! And 9 times out of 10, the teachers got annoyed with me so I stopped doing it. It frustrates me because those people have a job and I don't. Lastly, I hate doing lunch duty. I have a different grade for lunch duty than the one I am in class with and the kids are so nasty. If the other assistants or myself ask them to do something/to stop doing something, they either talk back to us, laugh in our faces, or stop for one second and start acting up again. We are consistent and follow through with the minimal cafeteria consequences but they don't care. They only behave if their teachers or the principal are there and it makes us look bad. I'm not looking for any advice. I just needed to vent since I feel frustrated and sad. I'm wondering how long it will take until I finally get a job. I know I have to keep focusing on the good parts of my job, and that I have to keep going "above and beyond" my job description. I know I will someday be a good teacher. I just hate not knowing when that will actually happen and it is taxing, being treated with such disrespect from people who think you're beneath them. Paras are an integral part of students' education too.