THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL!
Every day at school I feel that the students and administration have sucked a year of my life away. On Friday I was at work by 7:30am and didn't leave until 7:00pm. I often do not have lunch due to the fact that during my 20 minute lunch period I get tracked down to meet with someone about something or need to fill out forms. And our planning period has been taken away and being used for team meetings daily. And while we need to call our student's parents when they don't turn in their homework assignments- almost 100 of them- we are supposed to do that on our personal phones during our personal time. In addition, to all of this work and all these long hours and conditional time spent at work on Saturdays (last Saturday I worked 9am-6pm), they said they aren't seeing the dedication.
So when at home with my grey hair multiplying across my head, and mounds of paperwork, forms, and grading towering near me, and a computer attached to my hip reading to add to or elaborate a lesson plan for another week, I often find myself exhausted and haggard. And the last thing I seem to be able to find time for is my personal well-being and my children. Luckily during this time Brian has stepped up to the plate and taken over as the main caregiver at the house. While I'm appreciative of all of this, I'm also depressed that my job has overrun my life.
However, I'm looking forward to the light at the tunnel. I will soon be certified- by Friday (God willingly) and will hopefully then be able to escape from the horrors and hours of the Title 1 school.