ABOUT BROKE TEACHER
Once upon a time, I started making broke teacher jokes to cheer up a broke teacher. The jokes were funny, so I put them on social media.
Then one day, I realized… I was also a broke teacher. And being broke wasn’t that funny, if I stopped to think about it.
I thought about it a lot–I why teachers were broke. It wasn’t just salary–teachers in high and low-paid districts alike are equally broke.
It had to be more than money. I set out to figure it out what it was.
And, I found it. Turns out, there are certain “teacher things” we do that make and keep us broke. Once I stopped them, I could send my inner “broke teacher” packing. That’s what this site, the No-Spend Challenge and A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success are all about.
What if… you could get a 10% raise without even going to your boss?
YOU CAN!! TAKE THE NO-SPEND CHALLENGE!
30% fewer college students are becoming teachers.
In places like Oklahoma, applications to teacher prep programs are down 80%.
TEACHERS ARE LEAVING THE PROFESSION–AND THEY AREN’T COMING BACK IN!
Teachers are leaving the profession, and new teachers aren’t coming in.
“I don’t want to be broke, Miss.” That’s what my student said to me.
“My mom won’t let me be a teacher. She doesn’t want me to be broke forever.”
“I can’t pay off my student loans teaching,” one new teacher said.
With student loans higher than never before and teacher pay 20% lower than starting pay for degrees that require a similar college degree, many potentially great future teachers–are becoming anything else.
"I'll never pay off my student loan debt...and I want to eat!"
Some shocking statistics…
- Teachers who leave the profession after 5 years 40% 40%
- Average teacher starting salary compared to other college-educated professions 76% 76%
- Americans who have at least a $400 emergency fund 40% 40%
- Decrease in applications to teacher prep programs nationwide 30% 30%
BROKE TEACHER STARTED AS A JOKE…
But…it’s not funny at all.
Do I spend my paycheck money on my classroom instead of my debt or needs?
Do I say, “I’ll pay it later,” to my own finances while buying a million things for my students?
I did these things. And one day, I made a choice.
I CHOSE TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF THE SAME WAY I CARED FOR STUDENTS.
I promised myself I would not be a broke teacher anymore.