One last thought for teachers in tough situations: When I think of those 12
years I spent in our alternative center, I do have a serious regret. I
didn't realize until I left that my own kids didn't really have my fullest
attention or energy, because I was so drained all the time. I unknowingly cheated my
family of the best of me. I'm very lucky that my kids did fine, but I was at
that school until my youngest finished high school. I was blinded by the
needs of my students. If I had it to do again....