Last year I decided to complete my teacher certification process and so I began teaching at an inner city school. The year started off rough as I had many behavior issues with my students. Middle school is a difficult age to teach to begin with and then having behavior issues on top of that made is even more stressful. I love teaching and really enjoyed my classes once I got to know them and by the end of the year I was sad and excited to see them move on to high school. I had students tell me I was a real teacher to them and that I was really interested in them as people. I will miss those 7th grade students who I had last year and would have had this year in 8th grade.
It took me 50 minutes to get to work every day and the traffic was awful. I decided to look for a job closer to home and was able to get a job at my local school district as a robotics teacher. It was a great thing to finally be able to work closer to home. But my happy face quickly went to a sad face when I found out I would not be getting paid in August. My old district will pay me on July 25th but my new district will not pay me until September 20th; even though I start working on August 6th. It’s just a situation I did not expect. I thought all districts paid the same as far as the yearly schedule; August-July. I am out of ideas as to how to make this money up; my bills do not get put on hold. I thought about a job for just the month of August but I begin working on the 6th. I have considered all my options and feel I should try this option and see how it works out. My husband and I both work and have never been in this situation before. I don’t want to think that moving jobs to be closer to home was a mistake so if you have it in your heart to help out a desperate teacher I would very much appreciate it. I have been working in education for 20+ years and will continue if I am physically and mentally able and even if I can’t make it to work any longer I will look for an online teaching position; that’s just how dedicated I am to teaching our young people.