I just need to say that after reading these and other posts on this forum, I realize how blessed I am to have the director I do and the co-workers I do. My director advocates for her staff, she backs us up (unless we ar blatently wrong), works with us on our shortcomings, encourages us to take workshops and listens when we need to vent. She is at the center on a daily basis and even though we might not like all of the polcies, she always explains why. She passes around a shopping list for us to get items for special projects as long as there is a little money in the budget for it (like I need paper bags for paper bag puppets-- they are like a buck-- I can put that on the list), the center covers the cost of workshops up to our required minimum CEUs each year, we get paid time off based on how long we've been there. We don't get health insurance and because its under the organization of the church we aren't eligibel for unemployment. We are held to high standards and are required to design our own curriculum to meet the goals and objectives of our class, based ont eh learning styles of the children. We ar not dictated to by the director on how to present material. WE have a cleaning person who comes in in the evenings to do the big stuff. We have a supply closet full of arts andcrafts supplies, staionary supplies etc. We have access to photcopiers and even have a floater who spends 1/2 hour a day doing photocopies for us if she's not subbing for someone. this year I got moved to a different room (physical space) and the lights were so bad (humming so loud, flickering, and glaring) that I offered to help pay for diffuser tubes and the director took it to the board and now not only do I have new light fixtures in my classroom, but she has noticed such a difference that they have begun replacing the lights in the rest of our end of the building as well. The director has been there for 16 years. the lead infant room teacher = 15 , Kindergarten = 14, Myself=almost 11, then we have teachers that have been there between 6 months to 6 years. We even have 2 that have been there, left due to moving out of state, moved back and came back to work for us. My director works hard to keep a harmoinius work environment and to nip problem in the bud. Am I happy about everything where I work? NO. I don't like having to give up 5 hours paid vacation time this year and no raise, but by all of us doing so, EVERYONE got to keep their job, even though we lost over 5 grand this year. Kudos to my director!