Pros: the children you can help, reach, inspire
Cons: the administration, other troubled staff, poor pay, no summers off, dangerous, risky
I tried to teach science at this institution. Due to lack of support staff and supplies, I found that nearly impossible. I spent my days counseling clients, dealing with paperwork from restraints and incidents, attending social worker meetings, and having my lesson plans thwarted repeatedly. And to make matters worse, I found that many other staff acted as if they were clients in need of behavioral and emotional therapy and support. And the administration allowed these unprofessional folks to work with clients, further hindering any progress clients were making. I also found it very depressing, and not very effective. Many clients were put in bad situations and escalated to crisis and then caught in a vicious cycle. I quit. It was awful. Years have passed since I resigned, and I still have nightmares about this place.