Why I Quit Teaching & The Tool That Helped

So you’re thinking about quitting teaching?  You’re not alone!  

Teachers who left the profession due primarily to the pandemic were asked their top reason for leaving. They said, “The pay wasn’t sufficient to merit risks or stress.”  

And, even though I quit being an elementary teacher many, many years before this pandemic, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to relate to the 3 reasons of why I left. 

Plus, make sure to fill out the form above for a very valuable tool that helped me make the tough decision of staying or leaving a no-brainer!

This is the first time publicly I’m sharing about why I quit teaching and honestly, I’ve never looked back!  Sharing my top 3 reasons of why I left the classroom is information that can help you as you’re wrestling with the decision to stay or go.

Every Teacher That I Know That Has Quit Teaching…

I first want to reassure you that every teacher I’ve ever worked with that has left her job, not one of them, including myself have ever looked back or regretted the decision to quit teaching.  If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Jack Canfield, former teacher and writer of Chicken Soup for the Soul says when I interviewed him for my Freedom for Educators virtual summit, of all the teachers he knows that have left, the only thing they ask themselves is, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” 

Does that mean it’s all unicorns and rainbows after leaving, no!  But, the opportunity to have more freedom, makes it all worth it!  And in my case and in many of my teachers who’ve left too, means we have a 5 Freedoms Life now.  If you want to see how you score in all 5 Freedoms, may I suggest you take my 5 Freedoms Quiz?

The Top 3 Reasons Why I Quit Teaching 

First off, it’s important to note that for the most part, I loved teaching the children, lesson planning, and curriculum.  But, as you know that’s not all there is when you take a job as a classroom teacher.  

 Reason 1The Parents

Helicopter parents to be exact.  Have you heard this term? It was first started by the classroom management program I loved called, Love & Logic.  Helicopter parents means a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.   These are parents who rescue their kids from anything uncomfortable, and thing that upsets their child.  This is troublesome as these kids will lack resilience as going through adversity and challenges makes you a better person.

In fact, it was one parent in particular that really was the last straw and was completely disrespectful and just made my job so much harder.

 Reason 2: Routines

Honestly, I was getting bored of going to the same place, required to show up at the same time every day.  Don’t get me wrong, a routine is good for all of us, but it was too much! I felt like all the decisions were made for me, like I had no freedom being restricted by the job’s standards.  I wanted to flex my schedule and all of that isn’t possible when you’re a teacher.  Basically, I craved what I call a 5 Freedoms Life

Reason 3: Made for More

Probably the biggest picture to me quitting, was the nagging feeling that I continually couldn’t shake, no matter how hard I tried being happy teaching.  I felt made for more, like I really was meant to do something else, and that something else was to make a bigger impact.  

Yes, 28 children per year is an impact, but I’m talking hundreds of thousands, which I’m proud to say I was able to do with WriteSteps, the company I grew and sold(now called Writing City).  My dreams were bigger and I wasn’t burnt out yet, I was just crispy around the edges.  But, I knew if I stayed that crispness I felt would turn into tough and chewy and that wouldn’t be good for anyone!  

The Valuable Tool That Changed Everything

When I recoginized that something needed to change, I grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil and like most of us do, I wrote out my pros and cons of leaving teaching.

I started getting to work and looking at what made the most sense to do.  

From this work I did on the chart I knew at the end of the year I would quit to become a national presenter full time and never look back.  

And, the rest is history and I’m so thankful I had the courage to jump as if the net would appear and it did!

Now, if you’re feeling stuck in your decision, may I suggest you check out my pro-con chart.   Using this freebie will help you get the clarity you need to make that important decision. To get it, just fill out the form below!

Do let me know below, if you’re still teaching and want to quit, what’s keeping you from quitting?

Remember, you can rewrite your future, and I can help!

Stay savvy and focused,

~Suzanne 💜

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