I’m getting well and truly fed up with teaching English in a public high school. True, I like the stable retirement plan (though that seems a thousand years away), the good benefits, the vacation days. But the stress is killing me. And a colleague recently lost it completely and had to be put on indefinite medical leave- it isn’t worth the benefits if it ruins my physical and mental health, I’m thinking.
Problem is, I always planned to be a teacher, and I’m not sure what other options I might be qualified for.
What I’ve got: A master’s in English literature, and six years of teaching experience, including yearbook and newspaper managing.
What I’d like: A job that will pay me as much or more than my current salary ($36,000 US), with lots less stress. I didn’t like what I tried of journalism, because I hated the interviewing.
Can anyone offer me advice about something else I might find less likely to send me to an early grave? Or is the devil I know better than the devil I don’t?