Low pay, long hours, little respect or professionalism.
Rewarding experience working with adolescenct students.
Parents and Administration give little respect or praise to teachers. The pay is horrible and there is a set payscale for everyone. Teachers in Oklahoma have not had a pay raise or cost of living adjustment in over 10 years. Most of the teachers I know have two jobs. That is another job outside of the classroom to support themselves. Most teachers don't last the first year, but most quit after their 4th or 5th year due to low pay and disrespect from students, parents, and administrators. If you are interested in teaching it is a great profession. Just move to Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, etc... These states value teachers and have competitive saleries for the level of education you must have to be a teacher.
Giving back to the community
Long hours, low pay, disrespect