Have often wondered if anyone notices the parking lots after school. Yup. No doubt about it….summer vacations are a perk. But the school year is INTENSE, and the total hours of a teacher, including before school, after school, and correcting papers at home, add up to more than most people think. And I doubt many folks think about how EARLY teachers have to get up (especially high school teachers) in order to be in their classrooms by 7, ready to meet those teenagers who show up in their classrooms.