I still haven't figured out what my dream job is. I mean, I love teaching but I don't love the politics and economics that go with it. When I reach my students and open them up to a concept or make history come alive, that's when the magic happens. But then there are the petty things outside the classroom that detract from the magical feeling.
What I love about this particular teaching position are my colleagues. I've never had such a professional department relationship with four such completely different people who respect each other as much as in my department. That's why I say I would probably not leave this teaching job for another teaching job. Why mess with this chemistry? On top of that, one of my fellow teachers is a state Teacher of the Year--talk about inspiring working with her. Collaborating with her, having conversations with her about teaching practices and philosophies, inspires me to be a better teacher.
And, thinking deeper about this, I should say I've been given some great opportunities to step out of my comfort zone, professionally. Because I teach two Advanced Placement courses, I've gone to some summer institutes that were the best professional development I've ever had. If I hadn't been nudged into taking these opportunities, I would have missed out on a level of rigor in my teaching. Of course, this year is a toughie since I'm still learning to juggle the new courses, but it's certainly given me the impetus to rethink how I teach all of my classes.
So maybe teaching is my dream job. Maybe this is as good as it gets.