I Quit Teaching – 15 things that Happened

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  1. Libby Johnson says:

    You are such a remarkable beautiful person. I am so thankful for you in so many ways. I love you baby girl!!

  2. Lynzi says:

    I love that I found you and am following your journey. I find so many similarities between what you are saying and what I’m feeling and where I want to be. You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for your sharing yourself beyond the classroom!

  3. Anna says:

    You have always inspired me and I appreciate this post more than you know. I believe this to be true for me too and I can’t wait to see it unfold in my life. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anne Gardner says:

    Congratulations and best wishes on all your new adventures, Kayse! I found this blog post engaging, entertaining and inspirational. Thanks for all the food for thought. 🙂 Anne

  5. Jamie Lee Nipper says:

    Love this!!

  6. Peggy says:

    Great work, Kayse. I’m thinking of retiring and beginning the last third of my life. My passions are Beatles music, peace and love and I want to work to end gun violence. If you have ideas for me I’ll see you at a ball game next week and we can talk.
    Aunt Peggy

  7. Kim says:

    We are in the same place girl! (Except I’m older and my kids are away at college!) I told my principal earlier this year that I wanted to leave the classroom. I’m one year from a full 30 year pension here in Fla. But, I’m finding a way to make it work. 16 more school days this year and I’ll be out there conquering the world with ya! Thanks for sharing your experience, strength and hope!

  8. Erin Rose says:

    Seriously… I have been watching your videos all day, and taking notes. 🙂 I taught for several years before having my baby girl last year. With my husband being in the military, we don’t have family around to help with her while I work, so we decided it was best for our family that I stay home with her. Let me first say- I count it as the best job in the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! ….but I know theres more! I have been racking my brain on what I wanted to do to bring in a little extra money. Several friends have mentioned different at home businesses I could try, but I just didn’t feel right about any of them…. and then today it hit me! TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS! This website was a lifesaver for this very *frequent* buyer when I was a teacher, but I also LOVED making my own teaching stuff, when I had the time. Now I have more time to make educational things, and can still feel a part of the teaching world. What do you suggest on getting started? Sorry for the LOONNNGGG comment! 🙂 I really cannot thank you enough for all of your videos.

    • Kayse says:

      Hey Erin!!! I’m so glad we found each other. Thank you so much for the comment. It truly means the world to me. Enjoy your time at home with that sweet baby girl and make your mark on education. Xoxo, Kayse

  9. Christine says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I just googled “quitting teaching” and it came up. I took 2 years leave and had many of the same experiences. I need to decide if I’m going to return for the next school year by April and it is an agonizing one. I know that I will most likely never teach elementary school again because my years of experience make me too expensive to hire. I realized that I love the idea of teaching, and I do still teach at a local college, but I don’t really like teaching. At least, not the experience I had during most of my 16 years in the field. The money, and ability to pay off student loans, is very attractive but my gut is saying no. I would be miserable. I just need to figure out what to do with my life now. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  10. sandy says:

    Hi, Kayse,
    How did you support yourself when you set out on your own? Were you able to do this because your husband provided the financial support and healthcare for the family? Would you have been able to do this as a single self-supporting woman? Thank you.

  11. Victoria M. says:

    When you quit, what did you do instead? Did you work? Gathering ideas. Thanks.

  12. Ash says:

    I don’t know you but I love you. You are the former teacher I aspire to be.

  13. JEN R says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve been teaching for 5 years and it just feels like my cup is not full of passion. I love the kids so much but, I just feel like there has to be more than wishing for the weekend or a snow day just to catch up on laundry or find time to sit down. I have no idea how I would leave though. I feel stuck, where would I even start in this process? How did you find your new job?

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  15. […] making over 95k a year just selling my teaching resources on TpT and my website. It was crazy and I had no idea that would lead me to leave the classroom in January 2018 and create programs that would give teachers the same freedom that I […]

  16. […] It allowed me to learn some profound truths about myself when I quit teaching. […]

  17. […] Before Taylor quit her teaching job and became a full-time Etsy seller and handmade business owner.  She started out post-grad school. She has a BA in Anthropology and she began teaching in a community college, where she taught Anthropology and Archeology. She not only taught at the community college level but also in a special integrated program where they taught social studies in high school. She taught at different community colleges for about six years before she realized she was really tired of commuting in city traffic and teaching night classes. It was at that point she began to look for an online teaching job.  […]

  18. […] You are worthy of this life. You are worthy of happiness too. You aren’t supposed to live your days filled with anxiety or fear. You aren’t supposed to constantly be wishing there was a way out. You are worthy of whatever your heart desires. Teacher guilt hits us in so many ways but this is something I take very seriously – what if you are working for a job that would forget who you are tomorrow if you decided to walk away. I don’t want you to walk away TBH I want you to stay because I believe educators are the most beautiful humans on earth. And that our students need us. Is it tough? Yes, and can you do it on your own terms? Yes, quitting your traditional teaching job is not quitting – it’s just the beginning.  […]

  19. […] it down on a sticky note that you can see and use the promise to guide you. I want today to be your turning point, your lifeline. Your recharge, refresh, and reinvigoration of what life is supposed to look like for a […]

  20. […] does that mean exactly? It means I never want you to feel guilt over leaving teaching. Especially if that is what will make … Instead, I want you to find ways to live a life you love. Find your passions. And celebrate all of […]

  21. […] As I've been sharing my journey with teachers, I used to be really funny about sharing details about… Because if I shared how much money I made, we would get messages that told me not to share how much money I was making from other teachers. So there are a lot of money blocks that Denise helped us with during our chat.  […]

  22. […] But this day, this day sent me into a deep space orbit and it gave me the extra push I needed to see…I walked in, sat down – grabbed my diet coke and orange cheese crackers that I ate every day for a snack. Up on the smart board was a large pie-shaped circle. Ahhh another day going over data. The instructor went into detail about the red on the screen, all of the students who were not meeting the benchmark. Then she said “do you know who’s class this is?” and I instantly knew – without a shadow of a doubt, it was mine. Those were MY students on the board. Those were MY red mistakes. My moments where I had failed in their eyes as a teacher, only here’s the thing – I was ready for war that day.  […]

  23. […] support and giving them options. Sometimes we assume that it's just a one size fits all decision.  But really teachers have to come to that decision themselves before they can be happy with it. And completely changing careers isn't for everyone, nor is it feasible for every individual […]

  24. […] if staying in your lane and following your dreams to impact even more people outside the 4 walls of your classroom is your idea of a fulfilled life I support that choice as […]

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  26. […] entire community is following her. She wants them to see the fun things she does in the classroom. And while she empathizes with teachers who are crying and leaving the profession she has made the de… When the door is closed and it's just the kids and herself she doesn’t want the political part of […]

  27. Yes I remember when I first wanted to quit the classroom I came across your page. Thanks for sharing your information.

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