Yes sir, I am also an aspiring teacher in the Great state of Maryland. I know almost exactly what you feel in that I am also changing careers from computers to teaching english. I did do some volunteer work for an elementary school and as far as I could tell, the kids respect people who are "involved" with their activities. The Best advice i can give is take it one step at a time.
By the way, I have found that sometimes, the little ones are far more "mature" than their teen counter-parts. :wink: