I'm thinking of going into elementary education. I have been subbing for about 6 months and I enjoy that aspect of it, does that mean I would enjoy doing the job? I have a dental hygiene degree that has gotten me nowhere and I wish I would have researched the field before getting my degree or would have been given the reality while I was in school. So, I'm just trying to get a feel for this occupation before jumping in. What are the downsides to this occupation? Are there any respect issues between teachers and the principal or administration, as in do they back you up on discipline and other decisions or hang you out to dry? Do parents make the job unbearable? Any input would be greatly appreciated.