I know this is a very sensitive question and I don't expect a lot of responses. I have been given some latitude to prepare a workshop and address personal issues that may interfere with a teachers ability to do their job. I have asked many teachers within the district I teach, but I wanted to get responses on a broader scale. Some of the responses I have received so far from my district are: 1. Work/life balance. Being able to get everything accomplished to be effective at work and feel effective at home. (Seriously that was the response and it bothered me that people were driven to be effective at work, but by the time they got home they were willing to settle for feeling effective.) 2. Managing personal finances. Many new teachers are concerned with the amount of student loan debt they have and the immediate ability to repay their loans. Many other experienced teachers are confided that trying to pay for a house, car, food, kids, and college savings is nearly impossible. They said they spend a lot of time at work worrying about making their check stretch until the next pay day. 3. Did I make the right career choice? The last issue I'll mention that showed up most frequently was both new and experienced teachers questioning if they made the right career choice in teaching. It may be the unexpected high demands of high stakes testing, or the unrealistic expectations of life in the classroom, or a combination of the issues already mentioned above. Whatever the reason, several teachers who I spoke with were concerned that teaching wasn't for them anymore and were considering leaving the profession. I have the opportunity to help teachers outside of another workshop on how to score higher on standardized tests, or some other academic workshop that had been repeated in some form over the past five years and I want to prepare something that is effective and useful to help teachers feel more complete in their personal life. These were the most common concerns among the teachers I spoke with, but I'm sure there are others. What areas do you find you struggle with and what suggestions would you offer? I appreciate your help.