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human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" <blockquote><b>Quoting human making in progress:</b>" I am going on that road now, ... [snip!] ... but I have to pay to student teacher for an entire year lol. ( my degree requires an entire year of full time student teaching)"


Yeah. I had a good idea of what it was like to be a teacher just based on information my teacher gave me (she also wrote a book, Teachers Turn: Speaking Out about the problems with education) but I still wasnt fully understanding everything that goes into until I started taking my education classes...

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting human making in progress:</b>" Yeah. I had a good idea of what it was like to be a teacher just based on information my teacher gave ... [snip!] ... with education) but I still wasnt fully understanding everything that goes into until I started taking my education classes..."</blockquote>




Oh yeah! There is much more than meets the eye

nothingness Arizona 3578 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting human making in progress:</b>" Starting pay around here is $30k annual for elementary and something like $34k annual for high school. the average is $42k among all teachers, atleast here in wa. "</blockquote>




I always forget about the states being different, that's what it is here sorry for not being specific lol

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
26th Apr '13

Elementary teachers average around 45k in the district my girls are in.



Personally, I think teachers should make about 60k. Their work isn't limited to school hours.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
26th Apr '13

I volunteer at an elementary school as I get my general education requirements for transfer out of the way. I'm transferring for elementary education.



I volunteered to get my toes wet and to see what it's going to be like. I love working with the kids but it's exhausting!

Princess Celestia +1 TTC since Nov 2014; 1 child; Tallahassee, Florida 3679 posts
26th Apr '13

Nowhere near enough. My mom worked for the Florida school system and made less than 30k a year starting out (I think she ended up at 34k or something? still not much) as a high school math (all of it) teacher for "slow learners". She was exhausted at the end of every day and her work didn't stop when she got home. It was honestly heartbreaking to see her like that...



And honestly, we struggled. A lot. She had an infant and myself (teen) to take care of. If my grandma hadn't helped us out and let us rent out one of her rental properties for only $375/mo, we would've gone without eating at times. She paid out of pocket A LOT for supplies. And she also worked 12 months out of the year usually.



Luckily, she recently switched to Florida Virtual School and is now teaching 10th grade geometry and is making around 45-50k a year (haven't really asked lol). At least my sister is getting a better life than I did.

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting Princess Celestia [13]:" Nowhere near enough. My mom worked for the Florida school system and made less than 30k a year starting ... [snip!] ... geometry and is making around 45-50k a year (haven't really asked lol). At least my sister is getting a better life than I did."


yeah.and what a lot of people don't realize is that a teacher doesn't just teach, a teacher is a mentor, a counselor, a mother/father, a friend, confidant, and sometimes their saving grace. they are given the job not just to teach but to motivate, inspire, encourage...a teacher has many masks and many roles. its not cut and dry. often times these students sent into class have problems at home whether its abuse, poverty, depression, bullying, a broken home, just to skim off the top. Teachers have to work with every childs emotional state and home life before they can teach them. a teachers job is so much more than what meets the eye. It saddens me to see teachers so unappreciated, and enrages me to see people having such a hostile attitude toward teachers. In my district it seems that so many people are ready to put the blame on teachers for anything and everything.

Little Miss Moxie Due January 22 (boy); 1 child; Alaska 1042 posts
26th Apr '13

I was an Elem. Ed. Major and ended up switching my major to Biology during my senior year. I had no idea how bad it was until I saw it first hand. I kept having people warn me to get out while I could, and I thought they were joking. It's all about politics, test scores, and trying to keep the kids calm without doing anything to upset the parents. It's complete madness and I definitely couldn't handle it. It's impossible to get tenure as a new teacher, because as soon as you get close to meeting the requirements, they don't renew your contract.
So i was looking at having to pay 40k in school loans, for a job that maxes out at around $45k a year, and starts out at 30k. And then I had an advisor tell me that currently there are about 400 qualified applicants for every opening throughout the US.
I still wished I would have switched my major sooner....

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
26th Apr '13

Quoting Little Miss Moxie:" I was an Elem. Ed. Major and ended up switching my major to Biology during my senior year. I had no idea ... [snip!] ... about 400 qualified applicants for every opening throughout the US. I still wished I would have switched my major sooner....



Teaching is something I have always wanted to do and I cant imagine doing anything else. The job market really sucks, but I honestly wouldn't be happy doing anything else. just going to have to deal with it and get used to it.