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Since you already apparently have a science degree and experience as a patent analysis, I'd be looking carefully for ways to get into teaching without having to take an additional degree you would have to pay for yourself.

As I understand it, school districts that are looking for teacher and not finding them often have ways to recruit teachers without teaching licenses, and qualify them once they are employed. I'd look for that kind of option, and then aim to get a master's degree or whatever you want in more schooling with the school district paying the cost, which is also pretty common as I understand it.

While initial teacher salaries are often kept low by teacher unions so they will have something to complain about and discourage entry, salaries for experienced teachers are often pretty reasonable. Still, there is a fairly high number of new teachers who discover that the teaching environment is not for them --- another reason to avoid too much investment in the role until you verify it's something that will really work for you.

In short--- nothing wrong with the move, in my opinion. Look for the low or no cost way to try out the job.

Good luck!

Seattle Pioneer
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