I remember sitting in my classroom around 5:00 pm for what felt like the millionth day in a row having just finished prepping and grading for class the next day, and I decided to quit teaching.
This led to a job search and job offers outside of education. It was heartbreaking. I didn’t want to leave teaching. I didn’t want to leave my students. But I just didn’t know if I could do it any longer because of how all-consuming teaching can be. I realized, teaching students is what I loved, but I was spending my time doing a lot of things that had nothing to do with the “teaching” part of being a teacher.
After examining what I really wanted to do, I decided to keep teaching because I knew the impact a good teacher can have on the life of a child. However, I needed to change some things if I was going to be happier and not so exhausted all the time.
I took back control of my workday and less than 1 year later, I found myself at 3:00 pm with everything planned for months ahead and everything graded waiting for contract time to end, so I could go home to my family.