How to Make Money-and Make a Difference- as a Teacher


Matt McIntosh has been teaching for 9 years. He teaches at a continuation school. He teaches social science, government, U.S. History.

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What do you wish you had known before you started teaching?

Some of the practical aspects. Get your masters as soon as possible. Pretty much everywhere the faster you get those credits, the faster you are going to make money.

I don’t recommend going admin for the money. If its because you have passion for leading and administration, then do it, but if you are doing it for the money, it makes sense to be a teacher and get your masters degree.

Don’t spend your own money in your classroom. Schools have lots and lots of money. Nationwide, states are spending half their money on education.

I’ve found that if I go to my administrator and ask for money, they typically give it to me. Before you spend your own money trying to get classroom supplies, go and ask for it and fight for it.

I’ve also been able to apply for grants to get curriculum. It looks great on a resume and you get more money for what you need.

Don’t worry about the politics unless you want to be involved in that. I like working with the students.

The politics are always changing. When we have a new president, we get new things coming down the pipeline. Don’t get to attached or pay too much attention to things coming down the pipeline.

Don’t pay too much attention to the educational research. Some of the research isn’t that valid. Some of the methods researchers use aren’t correct.

Focus on what you know for students. I got caught up in some of this when I first got started teaching, and what really matters is what you’re doing in your classroom.