Yes! I agree with Larry.....and that VERY reason is why so many
administrators and regular classroom teachers give art teachers so much
grief. I am constantly amazed by colleagues who think they need to "fix"
me(as if there was something WRONG with me), or have pity on me because this
year I chose a part time art position instead of a full time one. However, I
have the opportunity to work two days one week, three the next, I get full
health benefits and retirement. I also have time to pursue my own artistic
career. I work with elementary age children---and they're not too much older
than I am. And we have fun ! 'Scuse me, but if maturity comes along with
forgetting the premise of enjoying what you do for a living, then I think
I'll stay in Neverland. Don't forget that professionals can make the
difficult look easy, too....
I take what I do, but not myself, very seriously.