For many teachers, the end of the school year doesn’t mean a 3-month break. It means more hours to fill as a camp counselor, tutor, student, summer school teacher, resume writer, waitress, retail associate or <insert any job title here>. John Wright, a senior policy analyst for the National Education Association, believes that more teachers are looking for summer work now than in the past because many haven’t seen salary increases in several years.
The Columbus Dispatch recently highlighted five teachers who work summer jobs. From community pool manager to airline luggage loader to opera singer, the jobs are as varied as the teachers themselves. Fortunately for some, these unique experiences outside the classroom serve as inspiration for lessons during the school year. Mike Mundew, a 54-year-old science teacher at a juvenile detention center, works a second job as an airline luggage loader. He shows students pictures of his travels (part of the perks of working for an airline) to help them understand the world’s vastness: “I just try to do something that motivates them so they don’t come back.”
Even if teachers aren’t working a second job in the traditional sense, many spend time working on continuing education classes or refreshing their curricula for the new school year.
How do you fill your summer vacation? Are you able to relax and refresh or do you work a second (or third) job just to make ends meet?