Life in this hallway is killing me. How is it that I can be this far in with 11 years of service, a business degree earned with honors, a master’s degree in education for which I earned a 4.0 and graduated with top honors, still be earning just over $36,000 a year, and not respected as the professional I am? We talk about the students’ rights and the parents’ rights, oh we love to talk about the right to a free public education, but the real truth is that NOTHING is free. We teachers know that better than anyone in this fallen world.

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