I'm having second thoughts. Since being in school, my urge to be a teacher instead of a nurse has gone up tremendously. It's the exact same feeling I got when I decided to go back to school in the first place. It's the desire burning inside of me saying "This is what you're supposed to be doing." Don't get me wrong, I love the medical field and the career of nursing is still at the top of my list, but teaching is right beside it.
In fact, I'm meeting with a professor this afternoon to discuss the pros and cons of nursing and teaching. I've even come up with a two, four, ten, and fifty year plan. Yes, I'm that anal.
I'm torn, and maybe after the meeting this afternoon I will have a clearer picture of things, but for now, I'm looking for more advice. I would love advice from teachers. I'm thinking of going into mathematics. NYEBoy's school offers a double major program where you major in science or math, but you also earn your teaching stuff. This sounds really appealing to me. Ideally, I would love to teach K-12. I think right now, I may have it narrowed down to middle or high school, but that's still debatable.
Here's my big dilemma. I will be 30 when I graduate in four years. As soon as we graduate, I plan on trying to get pregnant with medical assistance. Assuming I get pregnant within the first year or two, this puts me at 31-32 of having our first child. I would not want to work full time until that child is able to start preschool, which puts me at 35-ish before I would be ready to start my teaching career. Now mind you, this is assuming we only have four kids, and I've already made it clear I want at least 2-4, be it biological or adoption.
So, what I'm torn about is whether or not 35-40 is too old to start a teaching career? Assuming I live a healthy-long life, there is still the potential to teach for 20-35 years. I would probably be willing to tutor in math, or something part-time while doing treatments and raising our family, but I just don't think I would be willing to sacrifice those first few years of motherhood having waited so long.
What do you think? If you're a teacher, do you teach because you have to or because you enjoy it? Do you find the salary vs. time you spend working in and out of the class worth it? If you could go into another career, would you or are you happy with teaching? Are there any Math teachers that read my blog?