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Smiles --
Thank you for your article. Very timely, at least in my life.

I am moving on - my plan is December (I am stuck in a rental lease with a big penalty if I move out) but God-willing, I would prefer September.....

And why --
1. not for more pay. LOL Actually, it might be a bit less, but I will be living where my money might go a bit farther. SoCalif rents are much more than the midwest.
2. I am tired of the hustle and bustle of living in CA. I want seasons (and not have the radio tell me they have changed) and I want blue skies! I wish to be able to even hope one day to own a house with a porch!!
3. I wish to be more centrally located -- in case I need to travel to speak.
4. I am going back to the classroom -- from being IT/Help Desk. I love helping teachers...I thrive on helping teachers....I am good at helping teachers.....but I miss the kids!!
5. Taking a risk on that greener grass......a big risk. :)

Thanks again for your post.

Scott Elias

Totally worth it! We gave up jobs and a (tiny) home in Florida to move to Colorado. We have seasons and an incredible quality of life.

Good luck to you! Sometimes it actually is greener.

Fred Deutsch

We have lots of green grass -- and manure -- in South Dakota. All good teachers are welcome here.

Fred Deutsch
School Board Member

Justin B.

Nice post Scott.

Made me reflect on my thoughts after making the jump out of the K-12 classroom.

I made the right decision to leave, but there are things I miss about the classroom. Mostly, like Jen, I miss the kids.

Charlie A. Roy

As a former option traders who made more in a single trade than i do now in a year I can assure you money does not buy happiness. I left trading for teaching and a career in education eight years ago and have loved it.

I find being a high school administrator to be the most challenging job I have ever held. I am growing to hate the month of May and looking at my desk at 5:00 PM and wondering where all the time went.

Knowing that we are making a difference is sometimes hard to see. But alas money can't purchase a clear conscience and a content heart.

Scott Elias

Great comment, Charlie. I never made quite that much, but it was definitely a bit of a financial sacrifice coming back into the classroom. But I'm doing something I'm passionate about and proud of.

My wife right now is trying to convince her brother of the same thing. He makes his big, six-figure salary but has sold his soul to a job he hates and that requires 60+ hour weeks all year long. Truth is, while he was in college, he subbed and coached science at a school where I worked and absolutely loved it. He still misses it and says that's what he'd really like to do, but has convinced himself he can't possibly work for less.

Thanks for sharing your story!

Gilbert Halcrow

Charlie speaking of manure I always thought you smelt different?

You are not an educationalist you’re a WOL (Whole other lifer) as a few of the post above are as well. Reading Dawkins at the moment he talks a about discontinuous thinking, in terms of calling one species this and one species that along the road of evolution and creating false divisions.

We impose division where there is actually a continuum. You and I are an example of the continuity of a life divided by occupations and many people would judge us on that – ‘What a waste he became a teacher’ – when you and I know it was the best thing we ever did and just part of the flow.

But you’ve got to give the leavers space? It is their journey and should not be feted with claims that the grass will not be greener. If you paint the alternatives to education too darkly, then you run risk of being like the people who told us it was a waste to become a teacher.

Let water find its level and let people know, no matter what their choice, there will always be a place at your table.

Scott Elias

I was never more insulted than when friends would say, "It's good you left the classroom. You were too smart to be a teacher..."

If we don't want our best and brightest in the classroom, what exactly are we doing?


Yup, Scott. I know what you mean. I went back to teaching this year after consulting and along with that transition came a transition in terms of salary. I'm making much less money now, but am making much more in terms of happiness and satisfaction.

I also went back to school and am somewhat shocked to hear people's expectations - 'so, what are you going to do once you get your PhD?' As if the reason is to get out of teaching as opposed to enhancing how I teach.

The grass is greener - it all depends on what type of green you're looking for ;)

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