A word to the wise from graduates to students still in school: when you head into the real world and get jobs, you’ll miss those two-month-long summer vacations. Once you start working for the first few years, you’ll be lucky to even have a two-week vacation your boss will approve.
Many students may assume that the one exception to this are teachers. That when class ends and students are out, that means teachers won’t have anything to do during the summer until September when classes start for the next school year.
But this just isn’t true. So, what do teachers do in the summer? Surprisingly, they have a lot on their plate.
Teach Summer School
The way a teacher gets paid is different from the way other professionals receive their salary. While some private schools may provide salaries for their teaching staff year-round (as most private companies would), public school teachers don’t get paid for the summer months they don’t work. So, some school districts give teachers the option of receiving their annual salary in paychecks throughout the year or during the 10 months of the school year. If they choose the latter, they don’t get paid during the summer.
And given that public school teachers make around $60,000 annually (which is only a few thousand dollars more than the average salary of fresh college graduates), it’s not a lot of money. One way they can earn more is to teach summer school.
Summer school can last up to eight weeks, which means a teacher may be giving up their entire summer break for the additional income of summer school. But some teachers also choose to teach in summer school not for money, but because they genuinely want to help students who are struggling with certain subjects.
Tutoring (and Other Part-Time Jobs)
Aside from summer school, teachers can find other types of work to increase their income over the summer. Some become private tutors, daycare assistants, drivers’ education instructors, and other odd-jobs that don’t require professional skills. These can both give them additional income as well as something to keep them busy over the next two months.