Being a teacher has been a big part of my identity for almost 20 years. Even though the teaching profession isn’t respected the way it was a few generations ago, I still felt proud of what I did, and the number of children I helped to get ready for their futures.
However, things change, and all things, good and bad, must come to an end. By the time you read this, I’ll have closed the book on this chapter of my life. It’s time to focus on something new! About Nancy will share some of the milestones along the way.
A Little Background
I started this journey as an “older adult” returning to college. I was in my early 40s at the time, and most of my classmates were from my children’s generation. By the time I finished my bachelor degree and teaching credential, a huge chunk of my fellow students were my age and older.
When I look back on my teaching career, I’m often amazed that I remained for so long. I’ve seen a lot of really good people throw in the towel very early in their careers. The reports that say half of all new teachers will be gone by their fifth year has been holding steady since I attended my first information session on teaching. Yes, I know you can find some articles that say the rate is much lower, but it’s still a revolving door, and the teacher attrition rate is dismal. It’s not a job for the faint of heart. But, if you’re a teacher, you already know that.
Why This Site Exists
I spent most of my teaching career in Title 1 schools. And, somewhere along the mid-point in my career, I started considering what else I could do to earn a living. There didn’t seem to be many choices at the time. I ended up going for a Master’s that I thought would help me continue working within education, but take me out of the classroom. I considered administration, but opted for something different.
With the growth of the internet and the amazing array of options that have opened up, leaving the classroom and thriving on your own terms is a reality. Some of these options seem tailor-made for teachers. Think of all the hats you’ve had to wear and have become quite proficient at!
You’ve been a referee, counselor, therapist, police officer enforcing no gum chewing , no eating in class, no hats, no hoods, no shoulders showing, no stomachs showing, no cleavage showing, no underwear showing, no, cell phones, no public displays of affection. Well, the list just goes on and on. However, that brings me to why I’m here and what I’m going to be doing.
I taught for almost 20 years, so it should be obvious that I enjoy helping people. I’m here to help you find a way out of the classroom if you’ve decided you need to make an early exit, or a way to supplement your pension if you’ve made it to the retirement zone!
Those of us who are retirement age are facing troubling warnings about the financial condition of social security and many of our pension funds. One way to protect ourselves is to have a Plan B up and running.
I hope you’ll join me as I shine the spotlight on information that could be your perfect Plan B. Whether you want to add a little extra spending money to your hard-earned pension, or create a whole new escape-the-classroom career plan, I’d be honored to have you join in.
All the best,
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What about you? What kind of experiences have you had in your teaching career? Are you staying until retirement, or are you considering a career change? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.