Hello. I am a new member and new to the forums. I received my MAT degree in elementary ed in Illinois in 2006. I moved to Wisconsin last year and got my license changed and all that good stuff. Like many of us I have had trouble finding a job in the public schools. I live in the Milwaukee area, but not in Milwaukee so MPS won't take me. I taught last year at a private school and it was a horrible experience. (Bad administration, running the school into the ground.) I have just accepted a job for this year at another private school. This is a Catholic school that has recently been taken over by a very well-respected Catholic school group. It will be a "transition" year so I think things may be sort of in shambles and it will be very difficult. The problem and reservation I have with the job is that this school is in a very bad section of town in Milwaukee. There is a lot of crime, shootings, drugs, etc. Whenever I tell someone where it is I get the usual "oh wow" response. I hate that I am going to have to go into this area everyday and I know that I will not feel safe. I don't have much of a choice because of the job market and I can't really afford to sub in the public schools in the surrounding areas. I also feel like the kids I will teach need me because unfortunately they live day to day in this neighborhood and can't get out at the end of the day like I can. I know we will not have the same security that the public schools in the area have and I just feel sort of worried. Does anyone else have a similar situation and how do you make yourself feel better about going into these areas everyday? Thanks.