By Lee Hale
Its getting harder and harder to find quality special education teachers, which is why 49 out of 50 states report shortages.
Why? Its a tough sell.
Even if youre up for the low pay and noisy classrooms, special education adds another challenge: crushing paperwork.
This is something I understand firsthand. You see, I was a special education teacher and I just couldnt hack it. Though Im somewhat ashamed to admit it, I lasted only a year in the classroom.
I chose special education for what felt like the right reason. I wanted to help the students who struggle to learn. But I soon realized that was only a part of the job.