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Old 08-07-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I will be entering into my 15th year. I'm still waiting for it to get easier.


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Old 08-07-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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I will be starting my 14th year. We are getting our 3rd P in 7 years...lots of changes I am sure.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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This will be my 21st year teaching.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Going into my 7th year (or maybe this is my 8th??) - this is a second career for me.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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Starting my 18th year tomorrow! I still get nervous the first day of school!


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I'm starting my 21st year.
Old 08-07-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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Some years are easier than others. Last year was the easiest year I've ever had. It was a very easy class. This year I will have at least 7 more kids than I had last year, and most of them are boys. I think it could be a difficult year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Entering my 19th year. I've been at my current school for 10 years and I love it here.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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I ve been teaching for 21 years and I took off 7 years to be with my kids..so it would've been 28 years. Yes, It only gets harder
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entering my 20th yr
Old 08-07-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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This is my 5th yr at my current (and second) school. I'm thinking about retiring, but I'm not sure. It hasn't gotten any easier because each class is so different.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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21st here, too!


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Old 08-07-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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Graduated HS-92
College-97 with degree in elementary education

Career has taken a different path-worked as an assistant, subbed, 1st and 2nd grade classroom teacher, reading interventionist, professional development position, (been Rifed along the way)

*even though all my years aren't contract-15 years in education in both public & private schools.

*Nothing like variety to spice up life.

*I always wanted to work at just one school-my entire career-when I graduated college in 97-Life had different plans. ()
 
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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This is my 17th year - all in the same district. This will be 10 years at the same school. It gets harder every year. I am trying to have a positive attitude about all of the changes coming our way.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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I'll be starting my 20th year this fall.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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I will begin my 13th year this year.
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34th year
Old 08-07-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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Retired after 30 years. Took care of my dad and preschool granddaughter. Went back to the classroom and I start my 4th year this year.
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34 years here...
Old 08-07-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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The climate for education is the worst I've seen, and with all the politics, test-driven standards etc, it's definitely NOT getting easier!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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I will begin my 13th year this year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Going into my 12th year. Began at 42 once children were a bit independent. Still feel like a newbie most days as I am a terrible perfectionist and expectations keep changing, buzz words keep changing, the focus keeps changing, and on and on. Love it all though.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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I am about to start year 18! Some years are easier than others...last year was relatively easy with kiddos, but an AWFUL year with administration. This year will be great with administration, and hopefully with kiddos too!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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I'm getting ready to begin my 21st year. I don't think it ever gets easier!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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this will be my 7th year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Getting ready to start my 10th year! I love it more and more each year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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Starting my 29th year with our 3rd principal in the last 3 years. No, it's not gettting easier. I often say that I work harder now thna I did when I started teaching 36 years ago as a beginning teacher!
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my 4th year teaching. It's definitely not an easy job, BUT I love every minute of it. I truly love going to work! :0)
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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my 14th year teaching. All 14 years in the same district, 13 of the 14 in the same building in the same district.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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4th year! so excited to start again
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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I'm starting my 18th year!
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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28th year!
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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I'm starting my 24th year. I've taught all grades k-5 until 14 years ago. Since then I've taught 1st. 2 different districts.

We have about a thousand years experience here.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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This will be my 14th year, all in the same position, though we did move to a new building 10 years ago.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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This school year will be my 5th year in elementary school. Previously I taught almost 2 years with Head Start.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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This coming year will be my 7th year of teaching. It's a second career for me and by far the hardest job I have ever had.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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30 years in the classroom for me. I took a leave for a year with my son or it would be 31.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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my 6th year (although my first year was 1/2 student teaching, and 1/2 teaching my own classroom - I was hired in February). This will be my fifth full year. This was a second career for me too (or 3rd if you count 10 years as a SAHM).

I think some things get easier, and I have mellowed a little. The changes every year are hard, of course (new curriculum, standards, expectations, etc.)

I still have the rest of this month off, but I'm starting to get mentally ready, and partially excited for the new year. New possibilities . . .
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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This year makes fourteen.
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Starting the big 20!
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And it has gone by extremely fast. According to our state's retirement system, I still have 22 more...oh my!
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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I started year 19 last week.
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27 for me! and it may very well be my last.
I would get a much better retirement if I could hang on 4 more years.....but that isn't likely.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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This will be year 30. My 19th in this school. Love my job! Love the kids! But it gets harder every year. The technology demands and all the testing make it stressful.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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I'll start year 12 on Aug. 29.
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will be my 17th year
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Starting my 8th year next week! (and I'm only 30!). My first and (hopefully) only career.
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This will be my 4th year and I am still nervous to start the year
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This will be my 16th year...where has the time gone?
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9th year. It sure has flown by for me.
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Getting a new principal this year. First unknown in 15 years - my other 2 principals had been in the district.

I can retire in 2 years, but by waiting 4, my retirement will be significantly more per month. Hope I last that long.
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Starting year 12.

I have taught 3- 3 years, 1-3 years, 4- 4 years, starting year 2 with Special Education k-3.
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Entering 31 for me. 26 at this school. Plan hopefully to retire in 3 more.
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Starting my fourth year as a teacher. But, before that...

I worked before as a sign language interpreter, and then an EA (educational assistant) in a behavior management program (K-6). Then I opened an in-home daycare for teachers' kids. When I knew I was ready for a change, I went back to college for a teaching certificate.
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Starting year 5 - new school/grade after 4 consistent years. 2nd career for me.
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I'll be starting my 10th year later this month.
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I have just entered my 12 year of teaching. Can't believe it...
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33 years teaching special ed kiddos in two different states and 6 different schools~ ages 3-18...Whoo hooo I LOVE teaching special education!
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my 3rd year teaching!
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Going into my 4th year.
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Since 96 - Ummmmmmmmmmmm.................. ..starting my 16th year.
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26 starts tomorrow!
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Will be starting my 19th year. I love my job!
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11 years here
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I will start my 39th year of teaching tomorrow. I started in 1973 with a salary of $7,000. This year I will teach my first third generation child. I will have a student that I taught his mother and his grandmother and grandfather.
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I am starting my 29th year! In spite of the ups and downs of education I can honestly say that I have no regrets entering the field of teaching. I love it! The good the bad and the ugly!
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I am going into my 6th year of teaching. Woo hoo!
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This will be my 20th year of teaching.

Sometimes it feels like I've been teaching forever, sometimes it feels like I'm just starting out.

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This will be my 15th year.
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I taught 6 years and I will be staying home this year with my DD. I'm still not sure if I have made the right decision, but I am sticking with it through the holidays!
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This will be my 9th year teaching!
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Grad 1992 (Subbed and hired after the start of school a few times)

Finally fulltime in 99' starting my 13th year.
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I will start my 23rd year this week!

I still get nervous every year!
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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I taught for 35 years before retiring in 2010.
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This will be my 7th year...I can't believe it!
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This is my second career. I'll be starting my 14th year in a couple of weeks, but it's only my 3rd year with this district. I'll never be able to retire.
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I'm about to start my 4th year.
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I will start my 15th year next week...can't wait!
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm looking forward to this year! I have a lot of siblings in this class so I know most of the families. I am super excited to start this school year. Although, I technically still have 3 weeks of summer vacation.
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year starts Thursday. K - 5, reading specialist, and college level over those years. Starting my 6th year in current district in 2nd grade. Love it here!
Teaching, as they say, is the hardest job you'll ever love!
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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in the middle of my 10th year...I entered into teaching in the winter of 2001.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:02 PM
 
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I have been teaching for 15 years. This will be my 16th year! Hard to believe! I guess time flies when you're having fun!!
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:06 PM
 
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I have taught 2nd for 6 years , third for nine years and this will be my 2nd year in fourth.

I am opening a new school and can't wait until next week.
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This will be my 4th year. Really cannot believe how the years have flown by!
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Starting my 18th year tomorrow.
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This will be year number 12 for me and i can honestly say I'm looking forward to starting back more than ever! I love my job!!
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This is my penultimate year! Tomorrow starts my 35th year in the classroom. Planning to retire at 36!
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I still love it, but it is so much harder than it used to be!
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This is my 15th year!
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I am starting my 24th year in a week.
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This is my 23 year and I am still having fun.
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This will be my 15 th year at the same school. I subbed for 4 years there before I got my job. I have switched grades a couple times but I have a friend who has only taught one grade her whole career.
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starting my 7th year - lots of changes this year including a new Principal. Next year will be our tough year though - we have been warned we will be working with a "skeletal crew"---whatever that means. I love my job and can't think of doing anything else right now.
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Began in 1972...salary of $5,400. This year I will make $56,000. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
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Two weeks I will start with my 19th class! I can't believe it--- all in the same district but in several different positions. I am looking forward to another great year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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This will be my 7th year teaching.
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I'll be starting my 28th year on August 29th. Where has the time gone? I still feel I have so much to learn! I love the challenges each new year brings.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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Will be year number 12 for me.
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12th year of teaching this year. I'm ready to come out the classroom and do resource of something else.
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started teaching in...hm...1996 I think. maybe 1997. Hard to remember! I think it was 96.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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This will be my 27th year...all in the same pre-k to grade 2 building and with the same awsome principal until 4 years ago!!
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This will be my sixteenth year of teaching full time. Before that I was a sub for several years - I was so excited to get my first classroom and still love teaching
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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I'll be starting my 9th year in 10 days. This is a 2nd career for me also.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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I have taught first grade for 18 years at the same school I attended as an elementary student.
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21 years here
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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I start my fifth year of teaching next Monday. What's crazy is that fact that I am going on my FOURTH principal. Hopefully this one sticks!
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This will be my 29th year. I still love teaching! I hope to teach for at least 35 years.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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This will be my 21st year...have only taught at two schools this will be my 10th at this school and 11 years the other. Love what I do, even if its not easy.
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I'm going into my 29th year and I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my job!!!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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This will be my 32nd year of teaching. It would have been 37 but took 5 years off with my children.

I agree with a previous poster, the teaching climate now is worse than it has ever been. I still love it when I can go in my classroom, shut the door and just teach, and try to forget about all the political junk. That only works for awhile though. Eventually the testing requirements loom their ugly heads and I have to face the reality of having to teach to a %##%*#* test.

Kinda takes all the joy out of it now.

My take home pay in 1974 was $400 a month on a 12 month option. My rent was $250. Hard to believe I made it. But still loved teaching.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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23 years! It's FLOWN by, but it doesn't get any easier...just more requirements that you learn to deal with as best you can---to do the best thing for the kiddos.

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This will be my 23rd year. It went by so FAST!!!
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This will be my sixteenth year teaching. The last 15 have been at the same school. Where did the time go?
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Will began my 42nd year later this month. Teaching is harder and not nearly as much fun as it was. Hopefully, this cycle will end, too.
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is my 20th year . Each year has its own challenges but I still love it all!
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12th year! All of them have been in the 6th grade. I even did my student teaching in 6th grade. I didn't start teaching until I was 36. I waited until my youngest baby went to kindergarten and then I started college...I always seem to do things the hard way!
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I am starting my 18th year. I can't believe it's been that long
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I am starting my 23 year.
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Going on my 11th.
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Starting my 21st year next week! Some of the days go slow but the years fly by!!
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This will be year 33 and it's never boring! I have to say that one of the best things is the new beginning you get each year and that sense of closure at the end of the year. I still love what I do but admit that the current state of education has me a bit worried for the future.
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I stiill love my students. (middle school) I keep up on the latest technology. I have taught ESL, Sheltered, Magnet and Avid . My husband keeps asking me when I will retire I really do like my kids and I liove the AHA moment. I just turned 60!
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This will be my 7th year! All in the same district and school.
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Starting my 14th year. Four grade levels in that time. And yes, I still wait for it to get easier!
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I am starting my 30th year: 6 years in Oklahoma and 23 years in Kansas. Every year there is so much to learn as a teacher. Never boring!
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I'll be starting year 4 at the end of the month! I'm so excited to go back to first grade that I'm not as nervous as usual for back to school!
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I begin my 18th year later this month.
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This will be my 21st and last year tied my first year as my most difficult.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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Wednesday will begin my 20th year!
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This will be my 5th consecutive year. I taught for 2 years out of college and took 2 years off.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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This will be my 8th year. My motto is work smarter, not harder. This has helped me over the years use my time more productively, but teaching is never easy!
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29 and still going strong!
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This will be my 20th year. Hard to believe I've been teaching that long. I don't feel old enough!
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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Entering my 14th year.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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I just finished my 20th year! How can that be? I don't feel that old
This past year was one a hard one.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I was a stay at home mom,<! then started teaching in 2003. Best job ever with endless gratification!
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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I taught five years before my children. Then I stayed home for about eight years. Then I returned to my love of teaching children.
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I am entering my 16th year of teaching. Surely I am not that old!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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I'll be starting my 29th year next week!

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This will be my 23 rd year! Where have the years gone?
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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This will be my 13th year. It would have been 14 but I took a year off after year 10.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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It has been 31.5 years since I walked the stage at my college commencement in the throes of a recession when nobody was getting hired in education. Kind of like now. After 4.5 years of subbing and 7 in special education, this will be my 20th year in third grade.
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