I will leave it up to you to decide if you consider yourself a "vet." I do not; I'm entering my 6th year, so I still feel a little new. Part of that is because I have taught in 3 schools in 3 grade levels. I've taught two consecutive years of each grade in each school. I plan to stay put at my current school for a long time yet Last summer I was nearing the end of my rope and I seriously considered leaving teaching entirely. The only thing that kept me going was that I didn't want to be a statistic. I knew that 50% of teachers quit by their 5th year, and I didn't want to be one of them. I decided to try another district, and it totally restored my faith in my job. Sure, I still have days (sometimes weeks!) when I wonder just why on earth I put myself through it, but overall, my thoughts of quitting are gone. So, vets, how many times did you almost not make it another year?