I got stuck being a substitute teacher for over 20 years. "Why would someone who is highly intelligent do this?" Your right. If you are smart enough to get on at Nasa, then by all means, do so, do yourself and everyone else a favor and go there, be a rocket scientist or astronaut, please, please, do it for me. It will give me intense satisfaction to see you that happy. Teachers are absolutely miserable. The job sucks. Intelligence is a value, but you can do it on above average intelligence, degree, nte scores, and state licensure requirements which must be renewed every 5 years, meaning more college classes for you to pay for. Communication is a must. You must be a genius at mind reading and moving people artfully and effortlessly. You will have to deal with difficult children, difficult parents, other teachers, and administrators. You must have very high emotional intelligence and communication skills. You must have longsuffering patience on wheels. You must be a multi-tasker on wheels and very quick witted. You must be a highly driven high energetic person. Relatively it is not going to pay you what you want until you get your Master's Degree and it still won't. Leave it alone. Run. See how far away from Education you can get. In Christian terms, they use the word, "called." The same thing happens in secular circles. Do you have an obsession for it that is eating you up and you cannot leave it alone? If you cannot leave Education alone, then, it may be for you, and you will eventually know, there will not be a doubt in your mind. If, you can leave it alone, I am telling you, RUN!!! Get the hell away from education and do not touch it with a ten foot pole. And remember that your job is not dictated by market and demand forces, but by the counties budget requirements. They can toss you whenevery they get good and ready. It happens every year by the hundreds. If you watch the news, you will see that. These people tell you all the time how they need teachers so much and all the jobs. They told me and everyone that. They are lieing. Why, I do not know, but they are lieing, probably has to do with money into colleges and how much the professors get paid and what programs they offer. Trust me, leave education alone. Get on line and study the burn out rate, the recruitment and retention rate. Leave it alone.