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    teacher/mom balance
    By Dawn

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    I, like you, entered the teaching profession in a roundabout way. I majored in economics and worked in mortgage banking. When my 2nd child was born, I quit to stay home; had 2 more kids along the way (total 4). I always thought I should teach and had heard feedback to that effect. My husband wanted me to for the summers and holidays to match the kids'. I hesitated to spend the money to earn the M.Ed., but he encouraged me and so I did.

    One way I differ from you is that I didn't begin teaching until my youngest was in school full time. I began taking the "fill-in" classes I needed, on a part time or at-home basis, when they were little. Once he was in preschool every morning, I started full time to school; and when he was in KG I did my year of student teaching/internship. It has worked out beautifully. I am in my 3rd year teaching 6th grade right next door to my son's elementary school. I look back and wonder how I ever did anything so meaningless as process mortgages! Making money for a corporation seems so empty a calling compared to my daily (minute-by-minute, really) impact on children.

    I encourage you to pursue this. If you feel the calling, you are probably a natural for this profession.

    Sorry I can't give you advice about working while having young ones still at home all day. I really admire those teachers that do that and wonder how they can. But, looking back, I did it when I worked in the corporate world, so maybe it's not so different. Maybe a teacher with little ones can answer you more on that point.

    I say go for it! Good luck!

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