When you work in Education, it can be difficult to find a place you want to be at. I think it; 100% normal to work 12 hour days when you're an educator. I know that IDEA can be slammed in reviews because it asks A LOT from it's teachers and mangers alike, but as someone who has worked in a public high school and now a public charter, there really is no win-win situation. When you work here, you give 100% every day and leave drained and knowing you have grading and lesson planning to take care of too;however, being in education has always meant you're there for the kids. If you want a 9-5, this isn't the job for you. It takes a lot out of you, but I believe it's worth it. In the sphere of education, where pay is low, expectations are high, IDEA has bee the best place so far and I encourage you to give it a shot if you fit with the values and core beliefs of the school.