I love posts like these. Always fun to understand another person's world. Thanks for sharing.
I will say this... one big perk by a mile is that while they make $70K, they also earn some pretty unbelievable perks. I can tell you that my private sector insurance and retirement plan is unbelievably worse than what teachers get. I also think you could argue that it's a great occupation for a parent -- there are too many private sector jobs that require office hours that I think are totally unreasonable -- in the changing world, not enough companies have embraced the idea that if you have no afternoon meetings, there is no reason why you couldn't just work remote. By the way... I don't mind paying good teachers and I'm in the camp that good ones are underpaid, so I'm not saying it's a bad thing. But it's something to keep in mind when comparing salaries.
Originally Posted by pr_capone
My wife is a teacher. Most days she is out the door by 6AM and doesn't return until 5PM. That is if there isn't a meeting after class be it a school, grade level, or just a teaming session. On those days I typically see her come home by 7-7:30pm. When she gets home she is either grading papers or working on lesson plans for about an hour or two... I often help her grade. This doesn't include the time she sets aside to call parents and talk to them about their spoiled crotch fruit.
She typically will put in 6 hours on Saturdays. That is when she will typically meet with her student teach her to plan the week as well as teach the student teacher how to be an effective educator (no... she doesn't get paid extra to babysit a n00b teacher). Sundays she reserves for herself.
On a typical work week she is easily putting in 65-70 hours.
As for her 3 month vacation in summer. 2 of those months are taken up with personal development meetings put on by the district or taking additional college classes offered by the district to make her a better teacher. Of the remaining 4 weeks, 2 of them are spent in the classroom getting her room ready for the next school year and meeting with the teachers from the grade level below in order to become aquainted with her new students. The other 2 weeks... she actually takes for herself.
She has been teaching for 15 years and is 12 credit hours away from a Doctorate. She makes substantially less than that 70k number floating around earlier in the thread.