An English teacher! That is terrific! As you are reading these, I am sure you are also thinking… use correct grammer! Oh, I am terrible when it comes to correct grammer! BTW – I used to teach Business in a Vocational High School, so I will tell you, I know you have one of the toughest jobs on the planet. You mentioned grading and planning, but I also know tecahers have groups they must help, they have additional meetings in the evening, and parent / teacher meetings, and phone calls, and on and on…etc.
You job is so much harder than mine, and yes you are in the Government. Teachers have to work with in all the laws, state rules, and Fed Government rules, so yes you are a Government employee – you just work harder than us! 🙂