I just recently made an account here and wondering if you could all help me out with my question. Recently when discussing possible things to go to college for (currently a junior in high-school) my dad brought up becoming an elementary school teacher. After some thinking I looked into it and I absolutely love teaching people things. One of the best things in life is getting somebody to say "oh NOW I get it". I feel teaching kids would be fun as well, I don't mind kids and would love to teach somewhere around 2nd-5th grade (or up until middle school). I do have some concerns that I am afraid might hurt me going into this field. My first thing is being financially secure. I don't need to be making six figures a year but I want to live comfortably. If I choose to go out with friends one night I want to have the money to do so. I always hear my teacher complain about money but how truthful is this? If it helps I would love to coach a sport as well. Currently I live in New York but I plan on moving down south for cheaper living (perhaps North Carolina if it helps with my question). My second thing is how am I going to be able to control a classroom full of kids? Does this come with time or is there always a level of "excitement" shall we call it? Now my third question is how in the world will I be able to get kids to do well on all these state tests? What if they don't do well? Will the school blame it on you generally? How does this work? How long does planning take? Do you do it day by day or plan weeks in advance? How hard is it to get a job in this field? I've been told being a male will help but the people that told me this ironically were not teachers. My last question is how much do my high-school grades really matter? I currently have an 80 GPA but I take all AP/Honors classes and could easily pull a 90 taking your average everyday class. Sorry for the really long post but I did not know where else to go for this question. Teaching seems like a fun job especially with the younger kids.