Facing the constant declines in the American economy, more and more teachers are looking to pick up a second place of employment to supplement their income. According to the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention, the annual income for a teacher for 2010-11 was $45,723, a decrease from the $46,696 the previous year.
Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher Paul Thomas is on this road. During the week, he works as a school science teacher, but during the weekends and holidays he works in the Emergency Room (ER) at several local hospitals.
“I probably feel more comfortable in the ER than in my own living room,” said Thomas. According to Thomas, the pay at the ER isn’t the greatest, as he is not a registered nurse yet, but it isn’t something he can just let go.
“I like the medical field and teaching; working in the ER keeps my hand in medicine,” said Thomas.
Spanish teacher Lamonte Hambrick also lives a double life. For eight hours of his day, he teaches a number of students on the Spanish language.This averages up to 40 hours a week. Leaving school, on most days, comes the oncoming deadline of his second career: working as a pharmacist technician for CVS Pharmacy.
“It helps, because teaching, unfortunately, is not enough,” said Hambrick. Balancing his school and pharmaceutical lives tends to be a bit difficult at times, but finding time to grade papers is not entirely impossible.
According to Hambrick, he does it to endure life’s financial challenges.
“It’s just survival. When it comes to it, we are humans just like you.”
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