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February 19, 2011 | 10:25 AM

Lee, thank you so much! Please continue to spread the word. I'm one of those teachers, and I've spent 15 years as a secondary educator in three different Indiana public school districts. I've never felt so demoralized and unappreciated in my life. I won't go into all my education and credentials, but suffice it to say, I'm one of those teachers that Mitch Daniels pays lip service to as the kind of teacher we need in our schools. Unfortunately for my students, those same skills and education are going to be my ticket out of the classroom once all this mess is settled. I don't know how much more I can take of the continued teacher-bashing, especially knowing I could make a better living and be better repsected in other jobs. I teach because I love my students, and I work in a school with amazing, caring colleagues and a supportive administration. I teach because I love to see those "light bulb" moments happen to a student. I teach because I know I'm sometimes one of the only caring, sane voice my students have (many go home to horrible households). However, all this is just making me tired and for the first time in my career making me think it's just not worth it. Maybe it's time for a job where I don't bring the weight of the lives of all my 130+ students home every night.

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