I have been feeling very stressed about my job lately. I always say that I love my job from 8:45 to 3:20, but I hate everything else about it. Here are some things that have been running through my mind: -I do not feel trusted, respected, or appreciated. All we ever hear from admin is that we're not doing enough. A favorite quote from them is "Good enough never is." Our school received a 9 out of 10 on our report card from the state, but we're watched over like children that are incapable of doing anything right. -We're known in the area as the district that is always way ahead of surrounding districts, which means they often have unrealistic expectations for teachers, they are always implementing new things, etc. -Teachers are constantly compared to one-another in a way that fosters competition and animosity. -The meetings are out. Of. Control. We average 3 mandatory meetings per week, but there are usually other things that pop up, as well. I don't have any time to prep during the week (just on my own time, after school). -The long hours and low pay is starting to take a toll on me. I get so frustrated when my nurse friends are making $20,000 more than me, and working 40 hour weeks (I wouldn't want their hours, though!). -Someone on my team is resigning this month, because she has had enough of it all, like so many other people in my district. So, here is the internal battle that I am having. Do I: a) Stick it out, because I love teaching, and hope that things improve for education in my state/area. My district does have a fantastic special education system (lots of support), and tons of technology and resources. It's a tough district to get into. b) Look for a job in a surrounding district (although, it sounds as though everyone from other districts is just as stressed/frustrated!). Is the grass really greener? c) Look into another career. I'm always wondering if I'm just so "stuck" in my job that I don't realize how awful it is. For example, would I be happier working a job that doesn't require so many hours, and pays better? I would actually be able to have a life, and have money to live it! Or, would I miss teaching too much? What would you do if you were me?