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From Law Office to Principal’s Office: He Loves It

Posted May 7, 2007 6:04 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After a 139-hour week working as a contract lawyer for a New York firm, Todd H. Gazda had had enough. Too tired to go back to the office, he got a hotel room. Then he called his father and told him he was moving back home.

That non-traditional career decision at the end of a grueling week put Gazda in a job he loves today, reports the Springfield, Mass., Republican. After teaching middle school students for several years he became an assistant principal and is now poised to become a principal this fall.

"I love being in the middle school. I love the age group. I just love the energy of the kids, the fact you don't know what's going to happen from one minute to the next, let alone one day to the next," says Gazda. "It's always something different."

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