This is my first year teaching. Letters of intent are due in January, and I'm trying to decide what to do about next year. I'm pretty sure I will be asked to teach again and I'm so undecided. The pay is low and the job is undeniably hard due to the intensity of the curriculum and the fact that I teach two grades. I enjoy my kids, though, and I love the administration and staff. The biggest factors that make me want to stay are 1) to have a good two years of teaching experience in one place before I start to jump around, 2) so that I can grow as a teacher in my second year rather than have to learn a new system/school culture, and 3) I do love my students and the school culture. The problem is that parents at the school tend to be feel entitled. Many are quite wonderful, but some demand that I teach their way, or the same way as the teacher they had last year, or in such a way that their snowflake (who is genuinely loved by me, their teacher) gets good grades at all times. These are things that I cannot and will not attempt to live up to. Thankfully, admin is very supportive of me and all the other teachers, but I'm getting a little tired of parents trying to have me fired and talking to everyone but me when they take issue with something. Part of me says, "I refuse to be manipulated by these parents and I'm done", but the other part says "Parents, being passive-aggressive and making my first year difficult will not get rid of me...see you next year..." I'm torn. I'd like to make my decision independent of the parent problems I've had, but I know I will have some of the same parents next year and it's something I have to consider. Thoughts?