We all know quite well that we love our jobs as teachers. If that weren't true, there would be no teachers! The enjoyment we get out of transforming lives, the day to day versatility of our job, and the time spent with entertaining and brilliant young people is certainly rewarding. However, the financial rewards don't compare and are making it more and more challenging for school districts in the United States to recruit and retain teachers. Here are just a few realities teachers across America are facing:
These numbers are very disheartening. Not only do they show the challenging financial realities of being a teacher, but also the decline of the profession overall. On the bright side, if you can see one, 98% of people say that a teacher has the power to change a person's life.
Emily Baker has been an educator in North Denver since 2012. She taught 4th grade for many years, before transitioning to Middle School English. She loved her job working with children, and now her job as a realtor. With Equity for Educators she is able to combine these two passions.