Choosing a career path and finding a job in your chosen field can be difficult enough. It would be nice if it was smooth sailing from there. That’s certainly not the case for teachers, not when almost half of all those who enter the teaching profession don’t reach their five-year benchmark. During a recent networking event, I spoke with a young, energetic woman who taught fourth grade. She said she loved being with the children but she “hated all the planning.” A program coordinator with a non-profit was considering a career change; he said that he was interested in teaching but his biggest concern was student behaviors. To be fair, I had planned to be anything but a teacher—writer, lawyer, zookeeper—but only because there are so many misconceptions about teaching.