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Charter schools are run more like businesses and offer incentives and overtime, at least here in CA. I just left a job due to disability but while I was there I made more than I ever did in business, my previous career. I took advantage of curriculum-writing opportunities and worked summer sessions nights and weekends for extra pay. Check it out!
Don't we all? Not to diminish your question, but yes....I agree. I think teaching is one of the most important professions in the world and the most grossly underpaid. Because the pay is so hideous one must have a passion for teaching. I get more joy from watching the eyes of my student light up when they "get it" than I do from looking my paycheck. I get giddy when I see authentic joy in learning among my students. Having those experiences is far more important to me than the money. That being said, I get your point. Consider a career in faculty development (which is where I migrated)...where you use your years of teaching experience to help other teachers. Best of luck to you!