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Life after teaching

February 12, 2014

This time last year I was in the middle of the most emotionally draining school year of my teaching career. I was dreading the work week on Sunday nights and the stress was physically manifesting into panic attacks. In short, I was a mess and probably not the most pleasant person to live with. I knew I no longer could shoulder the stress that comes with the profession, but I felt stuck. What else was I qualified to do after teaching for 6 years?

Today I saw one of my old teaching buddies post her frustration with the job on Facebook and my first thought was how I was glad I was no longer dealing with that stuff. Almost a year from the day I nervously walked into my principal's office to deliver my resignation letter, here I am working in a new job and feeling like a new side of me has come to life. I can't lie and say the road to employment outside of the classroom has been easy and smooth.  I had to take some leaps and chances to get to this point. My post on what prompted my decision to leave teaching is one of my most popular and I have actually received emails from current teachers wanting advice on how to get out. I don't claim to have all the answers but if you are willing to take some risks it can be done.


  1. That's so ironic because I always think about how I'd like to go back to school so I could be a teacher!

  2. It takes a lot of guts to walk away from a job that you've been doing for years. It's worth it though!! Glad it worked out for you. It did for me too when I left a previous job that was making me sick.

  3. I think it's so great that you weren't afraid to try something new! I know a lot of people feel like they are stuck just because they have been doing something for a significant period of time, and they end up being completely miserable because they decide to stick it out. So glad that you are happier now! :) And an inspiration to those who may be in a situation like you were.