As a teacher, this time of year is heaven. No work, living off of my enormous salary that affords me my summers off… Well, maybe on opposite day. Like nearly every teacher I know, I don’t take summers off. True, I don’t work with kids. In my opinion, we need a break from them just as much as they need a break from us. Instead, I am lucky enough to have worked for a company in my pre-teaching days that takes me back as an intern in the summer.
I’ve had several people ask me why I work in the summer if I don’t have to. Newsflash people: Despite what you read on the internet or hear from your friends, teachers aren’t raking in huge paychecks. I work in the summer because I do have to. I have bills to pay and would like to have some semblance of a social life. However, it doesn’t bother me to work in the summer. The salary is part of the job. But, we do get some perks that aren’t typical in the private sector. Believe me, I’ve worked in the private sector and return each summer – Hugs and hand-drawn cards are not typical in the office. It would be a bit disturbing if they were.
This picture shows how I really get paid. My students never, ever hand me something that doesn’t get displayed somewhere in my classroom. What you can’t see are the smiles, hugs, and thank yous. Have you ever been hugged by someone and felt as though you were possibly the only person to hug them that day? That week? I get that on the regular – And it’s far more rewarding than a healthy 401K or a huge paycheck. Or, at least, that’s what I’ll assume.