I always wonder as I read posts how long each of you have taught and what grades you have taught at. This is only my second year even teaching though I am about to turn 35, I was a stay-at home mom for 8 years.

I know I could probably find this out by reading profiles, but I am to lazy for that.

I am 24, have been married for 3 years and teaching for 2 years. I don't have kids of my own yet but hope to in the next few years. I taught third grade last year and this year I am teaching second.

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This is my 9th year. I taught Emotionally Disturbed for 4 1/2 yrs. and 2nd grade for 1/2 yr. and this is my 4th year in 4th grade. I'm 34 and have a 4yr old at home and have been married for almost 12 yrs. I always wonder about everyone too. I think that is funny that we could have passed on the street and not known that we may have shared info. that we would
NEVER tell a stranger. I think that's why I love this board so much.

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I taught for six years at a charter school. This year (my seventh) I subbed and am now an aide in a public school, trying to break my way into a public school teaching job. I'm 30 years old.

This is year 12. I've taught 4 years in 6th grade (self-contained and specializing in S.S. and Health), 1 year in 1st grade in Kuwait, 1 year 4th grade in Kuwait, 6 years in 5th.

This is 37 for me. For 20+ years I taught 5th grade. For about 6 or so years I taught 5th and 6th social studies and 5th lang. arts. I was supposed to teach 6th soc. st. in the new middle school this year, but politics sent me to 8th lang. arts after I had thrown everthing out due to the move and demolition of old school.

I was a stay at home mom for 9 years, went back to school to get my credential and I've been teaching for 20 years. Other than subbing I've never taught anything but kindergarten, the BEST GRADE EVER!!

This is year 29 for me. I've had 1 year of kindergarten, 2 years of 1st grade, 9 years of 2nd grade, 3 years of 4th grade, and I've been teaching 3rd for 14 years.

I have taught all 8 years in 5th grade and wouldn't change a thing! I am about to have my first baby and may be changing to a district closer to home to make it easier on us!

This is year 9 for me.
All 9 in 6th grade. Science/English/US History/Gifted
I am 47.
I have 4 kids of my own.
I was briefly in mortgage banking; then 12 years as a SAHM; then teacher training for 18 months; then started teaching in 1999. I love teaching. I think I somehow capture the kids' energy and make it my own.

This is my fourth year with my own class, I subbed for a couple of years, too. One year language arts & photojournalism for 6th & 8th, one semester for 10th English, one year fifth, and now in fourth. And probably a different grade next year, too. I'd really like at least two years in one grade if possible some day.

I was in school for something else a really long time, couldn't decide what to do with that education for a lslightly less long time, and finally discovered teaching was what I was meant to do.

This is year 29 for me. Nine years teaching first, nine teaching third, and in my present school this is my 11th year. I've taught a variety of combinations from grades 1-5 (1-4, 2-4, 3-5, 3-4) in my current school so I guess this will actually be the 18th year I have taught third!

I am 30 years old and this is my 3rd year of teaching, all in 4th grade. (If I count my year-long internship in 3rd grade, then make it 4 years.) I will be moving to 2nd grade next year.

I took 2 years off between high school and college to be in the "real world". I found out quickly that it sucked, so I went back to school and here I am.

I have been married for almost 12 years and have DS (9) and DD (4 1/2).

I always wanted to be a teacher and despite all the BS that comes with the profession, I am happy to go to the classroom everyday.

I have been teaching 33 years. I have seen the clock go around a few times. That is what is funny at times is that we have the same thing but new titles/names and somebody is getting paid more money than me for using new labels

I have been in and out of public and private schools for the last 21 years and have seen a lot of things come and go... I taught for 14 of those years: four as a sub, four as a Pre-K teacher and six (currently still there) at Kindergarten (the best grade-I agree!) I also spent time off as a stay at home mom. It has been a long road. You are not alone. Many of us make the sacrifice if possible to stay home with the little ones. I am new to this board and this is a good opportunity to get to know others and introduce myself.

This is my sixth year teaching. I subbed for 3 years in all grades from k-12. I have been teaching full time for 3 years. I taught 2 years as a gifted teacher for grades 1-12.This year I am teaching second grade, which I love. I am 29 years old, with no husband or boyfriend (ummm...sounds a little depressing.) I have no children, but spoil my niece and nephews. I do have a furry little baby; my kitty Racal.

I've been teaching for 15 years. The first year I taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. Since then, I have either taught straight third or third and fourth grade splits.

I have 4 teaching certificates (Texas, Georgia, Kansas, and Wyoming) and have taught 17 years...every grade K - 5th (including Title1) and am now in 2nd. I love 2nd (but K is my next favorite!). I'm 39 and have 2 kids at home (13 and 10). Been married for 16 years. I have thought that this must be "the year" Since it's year 17 - I was a student for 17 years and now a teacher for 17 years.

I am 41 years old and I think I've been teaching for 17 years! If I could add in subbing, being an assistant and full time subbing, I would be at 20 years. Egads, I am old!!

I have been teaching for 18 years. One year in grade 1 three with just kindergarten and 14 teaching Montessori 3-6 in this public school (the first year I taught was only k though). I have been married 15 years and have three children.

This is my 8th year in 2nd grade and the first year that I've actually felt like I either need to change what school I teach or what grade level I teach...starting to feel a bit burnt out.

I have been teaching 8 years - 1 year in 1st grade, 1 year in multi-age K-1, 2 years in multi-age K-2 and 4 years in 2nd grade. I have been married for almost 5 years and have 1 son and another son due any day. Wow, time flies!

Yes, that's longer than some of you have been alive! 1 year in Kindergarten (not my fav), 11 in first grade, 6 in K-2 Multiage (my absolute favorite!), 4 in second grade, 7 in fifth grade, and 2 in fourth (my current assignment). That's 31 years total. When my son was born I stayed out of teaching for a year. But I've been teaching for 27 years straight. What a great life!

5th year teaching school
I taught 2 years in 5th and this is my 3rd year in 2nd.

before that I owned a dance studio and taught dance for 12 years, had 4 kids and married a man with 3------busy, busy, busy....so far, 2nd grade is totally my favorite!

This is my 34th year. I retired last year, but returned this year as a reading specialist. It's great because it's a .5 position, and I can still be retired and travel!

I'm in my 13th year of teaching in public schools, one year second grade the rest in first. I love first grade!!!! SO much happens and I love the balance of fun and work and I really love that I am a GOD to these babies. They worship me, adore me and will do anything to please me. Hmmmm......do I have issues?

It is really awsome to see how diverse this board is. It's funny but when you are reading the posts and everyone is fairly anonomous you start to imagine that everyone is somewhat like you and to see all of the different roads we travel is very cool.

To see that some of us are new and some are veterans of the field. That we span all over the U.S. and as far away as Kuwiat , really brings into perspective just how the internet is making the world smaller and more within reach.

I've taught Special Ed in the public school for 23 years. I have taught Special Ed at all levels from K to 12. I am licensed to teach Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe Developmental Cognitive Delays, Emotional/Behavioral Disordered, Specific Learning Disablities and also have an elementary (1-6) license. For the past 14 years I have been in the Middle School and this is my favorite age group.
I worked with Head Start for 10 years before I started teaching in public school. DH and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer and have one daughter who is 22 years old.

This is year number 13. I taught 6th grade for 7 years, 7th grade for 3 years, 5th grade for one year, and this is my second year in 3rd grade. I hope to stay in third grade for a while. I am 34. I have been married for almost 13 years and have two children: dd-7 years old and ds-4 years old. I can't believe how fast the years fly by!

This is my 26th year. Over the years, I've taught K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. I currently teach 2nd. I've learned "Never say never!" I taught 5th the longest (10 years) but 2nd is my favorite.

This is my 11th year teaching, I am 34 (almost 35) and I have taugth in three different buildings in two different districts. I taught K for my first 3 years, 3rd grade for next 6 and 2 in first...

1 year 7&8th grade religion
2years grades 6-8 reading /language arts
1 year multi-age multigrade( what was I thinking)
2 years school library
1 year 7&8 language arts and Social Studies
6 years 5th grade

13 years Thatr doesn't count the 2 years of subbing. 15 years in education. I'm 37 with a 4year old.

I am 26 and this is my 4th year teaching. I taught two years in preschool and 2 years in first grade (this is my 2nd year teaching first). I LOVE it, and I learn something new everyday. I also love that the kids think I am GOD! They absolutely adore me and I adore them even more. I wouldn't change my job for the world!

I'm 27 and this is my fifth year teaching. I currently teach fourth grade, but I've also taught first, second, and third grades. I'm not married and I don't have any kids.

I've been teaching 5 years, all in kindergarten and I love that grade! Teaching is a 2nd career for me, I spent many years in the corporate world. I have 2 DD and 1 SD, my DD's are 13 & 19 and SD is 21. The 2 in college are going to be teachers too! Been married to 2nd husband for 16 years, together for 18.

This is my 6th year teaching (but now on sabbatical since December doing my internship in Counseling) and I am 28 years old. I have been married for 6 years and no kids yet...want to finish grad school. I have taught 4th grade only.

I just turned 49 yesterday (YIKES!) and am in my 25th year. I taught first grade for six years, Adjusted Kindergarten (transitional K) for two years, public Pre-K for 12 years and regular K for five years. Pre-K was my favorite, but due to big budget cuts in FL the program ended several years ago. DH and I have been married for 23 years and have three kids, Kyle, who is 20, Matthew, who is 17 and Nikki, who is 8. Nikki is in third grade at the same school where I teach.

It has been fascinating to see the range, not only in years teaching but ages. The earlier post where people introduced themselves was interesting as well.
I have been teaching almost 25 years, all at the primary. Most of that time has been at grade 3. Great age.

This is my first-year and I love it. It can be so over-whelming at times, but I figure that that's part of teaching! I'm 25 years old, originally from San Francisco and teaching in the inner-city in Philadelphia. There is quite a difference.

This site is my favorite site because it gives me so much insight as to what being a teacher is all about! Thank you all for the good advice and positive (and not so positive) blogs. It's all very helpful. Hopefully one day, I'll be able to help out another teacher, hopefully sooner than later!

I am about the same age as you... this is my 6th year teaching, but in between teaching assignments, I was a school psychologist (3yr) and sahm (6 yr). As a teacher, I have taught PreK, K, 1, 4 and 5. As as school psych, I worked with preschool- 12th grade.

I have been teaching for 11 years (2 years Catholic school, 9 years Public school). I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. My favorite by far is 2nd grade!

It's hard to believe, but I've been teaching for 31 years and all in third. I love the age, and I still love my job. It's sad when you see posts from teachers who want out. I can't imagine doing anything else. Sure it's a lot harder than it used to be, but I enjoy going to work!!

I am 38, married 13 years in May, and have two boys (7 and 5). I subbed 1/2 year, aide 1/2 year, 1st/2nd combo 1 year, 1st for 4 years, 6th one year, and now 2nd grade for the past 6 years. All have been in private school except for my year of sub/aide. This year I have my son in my class.

This is my second year teaching! I teach Kindergarten, and wouldn't want to go any higher than first.

I will be turning 26 soon and have been married almost five years, (although some days it feels like a life-time). No kids yet, but I'm hoping to start trying this summer.