Burnt Out Teacher first became interested in education as more than a friend while teaching English overseas. She returned to Auckland, completing a postgraduate diploma in primary teaching, and began teaching in low decile South Auckland schools. It was a huge challenge, and one she genuinely enjoyed, until a few frazzled years later when it had become a very unlovely burden. Working 55 to 70 hours each week under exceptional stress and pressure, including blame and scorn from the government, being weighed down by a large student loan, and receiving a meagre paycheck (until Novopay, obviously), helped her conclude that life is too short to hate. She resigned from full-time teaching at the end of 2012.
She is still involved in education, teaching the marvellous kids in Auckland primary schools on a more relaxed basis.
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