>I try to ignore the negative people I come into contact with. Seek out
>who care and are committed....there are plenty of them out there. Don't
>forget to compliment people (teachers and administrators...and aides).
>people in our field feel underappreciated and rather lonely, I think. You
>not alone! Keep reading the mail on this list and you will find plenty of
>committed art teachers! Try to make contacts with other art teachers in
>area.....take classes with them, travel together, exhibit together, etc.
>your state art ed. association...use your energy to make the profession
>stronger for everyone. Don't ever lose sight of the kids....love them, but
>also know that you need to nurture yourself, or you will become a burned
>sad old teacher, like some of those you see around you! Good luck! I am
>excited about going back to school...after 21 years!