The Bachelorette's Michelle Young Tearfully Says She Quit Teaching After Being in 'Survival Mode' for 2 Year

Young, who jokes about her "double life" as a teacher and an ex-Bachelorette, reveals she was recently "caught off guard" to realize how long she has been in her current role.

In the upcoming school year, Michelle Young will not return to the classroom.

The former Bachelorette, 28, discussed her decision to reevaluate her career on Tuesday's episode of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast . 

She discussed how her experience over the last two years made her realize she needed to reevaluate her career path.

As we were sitting down with my coworker talking about this school year and how long we've been in survival mode 

she kind of asked me, "Well Michelle, how long have you been in survival mode?" When she asked me that question, I was caught off guard by it. I asked myself how long I have been in this position, and my answer was two years."

On The Bachelorette season finale, in December 2021, she got engaged to fiancé Nayte Olukoya. She explained the struggles she faced as a teacher during the pandemic.

As she said, "I've been living by the seat of my pants for two years, just flying by the seat of my pants, but I'm not necessarily living or surviving through the pandemic 

going through these crazy, but awesome changes as the show, and obtaining a fiancé." It really made me realize that there is so much going on in our education system as I sat and thought about it and considered the position in which I am."

She revealed her plans to leave teaching with tears in her eyes.

This going to be an emotional year, so I've decided to step out of the classroom," she explained. "Bear with me here. This going to be an emotional year, so I've decided to step out of the classroom."