Teachers work hard
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 1:24 pm

To the person who wrote “Teachers are Greedy” (Feb. 23 – March 1), I think the old adage, you shouldn’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, would apply. Yes, I have a four-year degree, like you. However, I was also required to obtain a Master’s degree and I must complete many hours of additional training every five years. As for “loans being forgiven,” this is simply not true. The only people who have loans forgiven are those who work in specified inner-city schools. If health care is the issue, well I do contribute to my health care. It is not free. It is true I work from September to June, though I am in the classroom in July and August preparing for the coming school year. However, I only get paid from September to June. In addition, I do not just work from 8:00-3:00. I come to work early, stay late and then bring work home at night, on weekends and vacations to prepare the best lessons for my students. For these lessons I often spend money, out of my own pocket, to make them more interesting for all students.