A few folks have asked about my progress into the field of education, so I decided to post an update.
I have not changed careers, I am still employed at a steel mill on the shore of Lake Michigan. Even though I know I'm born to be a teacher (and have been told this by countless others), reality has won this battle. The simple facts are that I can't afford the pay cut. There is no way I could support my family, send my kids to college, and have any sort of retirement if I started teaching in the public school system. The low starting pay and poor benefits just can't support where I am in my life's journey.
When I first received my teaching license I applied to many positions and received MANY job offers. I accepted one position and was well on my way to changing careers, but as the time to make the switch came closer I just couldn't do it. I resigned my position and remained at the steel mill.
That was almost two years ago.
This January I had to renew my license (along with the CPR certification). The renewal process brought back all of the memories of receiving my initial license and the tough decision to turn down job offers. Although I can not foresee any way I will be able to change careers soon, I did renew my certification.
(I'll keep buying lottery tickets)