I tried teaching Head Start for 4 days. I was to sign a contract today to work for them for a year, but I didn't feel like I could hang in there for a year and they didn't want me to try if I couldn't commit,only to leave mid-year and hurt the kids (because they get attached to their teachers). It was very hard. The kids were adorable and I enjoyed them but Head Start in our state is overseen by several different agencies and the amount of paperwork and regulations and guidelines that they have to follow is mind-boggling. I had a lot of pain from my arthritis and the noise in the classroom was overwhelmingly loud most of the time due to a loud A/C unit and of course the kids. After a couple of hours, my whole body would feel like it was pulsating from stress. I just felt that it was not for me.
So, I'm home again, looking for something to do again.