I've been retired from teaching for nearly two years now. I am so grateful that I was able to leave when I did. I could go on a rant about the punching bags that teachers have become in this two-year span (though it was well on its way to that before I retired). I won't go there - but I will say with my whole heart that the vast majority of teachers love their kids (your kids) - love them; worry about them; lose sleep over them. Having to shield them from bullets, or covering them with their own body as a tornado bares down is blessedly rare. But make no mistake, every teacher I know would do precisely that it they needed to. You can take that to the bank.