Teachers- Tell me what it is like to have summers off.
July 18, 2008 8:52 AM Subscribe
Teachers with families -- tell me what it's like to have summers off.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My husband is thinking about pursuing a career in teaching. The main reason is that he wants to have summers off to relax and pursue his projects (primarily writing, blogging, and contributing to message boards). My concern is that he is basing this decision on an idealistic notion, rather than reality, so I want to get some more information. Basically - we need to make the decision (as a family) on whether or not it's going to be worth the sacrifices.
Currently he makes between 60k - 90k in the banking industry (it's closer to 60k these days). He already has a BA, and would be going back to school in the evenings for a Masters degree.
Starting salary for a teacher in our area is mid 20s. Average salary for a teacher is mid-upper 30s. Now, since I am currently a stay-at-home-mom, I would have to go back to work. I think I could probably find something that paid around $40,000 per year. I am a little nervous about making the transition from stay-at-home mom to primary breadwinner, I will admit that.
We are in our early 30s and we have a three-year old. I think that she would probably have to go to a babysitter during the summer in order for him to have uninterrupted time to write, so that's another expense to consider. My husband believes that if he had summers off, he could start a secondary career as a writer/blogger.
So, teachers - how much of your summers off are acutally spent working? Do you have to attend classes to keep your teaching certification? How much time does that take? How much time to you get to pursue your own projects?