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Hello fellow teachers! I'm seeking advice from those who have returned to teaching after time away (for personal or professional reasons). I taught full-time in public schools from 2012-2018, adjuncted for a year at university, now work in student affairs at a community college. I left teaching because I was burnt-out and thought an office job was the answer. I think I may have been wrong because I am so bored at my office job! I miss the challenges, comradery, and stature of being an educator.

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This is NOT the time to come back. Promise - you won't be bored. But burned out? In a hot minute.

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All advice and tips are welcome! I would love to hear stories of others who contemplated returning to the classroom and how it worked out (or didn't).

I had a friend that did both. I'm not sure how, but worked K-5 building during the day and college classes evenings and weekends. It's a thought 🤔 if you can do both for a time. You look for a K-12 position while you still have your "office" job. Good luck 🍀

I was gone from the classroom 13 years to have my family. Teaching has always been my love. Going back was overwhelming and intense. I have now been back (this is my)8 years. If I would’ve known how much it changed I may have gone in a different direction? Not sure. Pay has been a big issue and stress.

I left the classroom for 2 years. Hated it. Returned to the classroom and don’t want to ever leave! Did have difficulty re-establishing myself and how I wanted things to be different. But once I sorted that out... it’s been great!

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