Does anyone here have experience (or know someone who has) with teaching in an inner-city, high-needs school? Was your experience good, or bad? It's a desire of mine to teach in one of these schools, but I have heard horror stories, as well as stories that say the difficulties are worth the impact you can have as a teacher. Here's one that details the difficulties a first-year teacher had in DC: http://www.city-journal.org/html/13_1_how_i_joined.html I'm also a big fan of the book Educating Esme, which talks about a first year teacher's experience in an inner city school. Earlier this year, I applied for a bunch of jobs in New Orleans. It didn't end up working out because of certification issues, but many of the principals that I talked to had an attitude that was like, "if you really want this job, you can have it, but I don't know why you would want it." So... what do you think? Would it be worth trying out? I'll be a newly certified elementary teacher next year. I have taught and worked in schools in a number of other capacities, so I don't consider myself a complete newbie. I know this is obviously a very personal question, since everyone's experience is different, but I'm curious to see what others think.