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Understanding and Overcoming Financial Strain in Education: A Message to Fellow Teachers

March 13, 20243 min read

Understanding and Overcoming Financial Strain in Education: A Message to Fellow Teachers

For most of us in education, teaching is not just a profession but a calling—a pursuit that shapes futures and ignites passions. Yet, amidst this gratification of guiding young minds lies a less glamorous truth: the financial challenges we face. As a former teacher turned financial planner, I've walked in your shoes, and I understand the unique financial burdens you carry. Let's delve into some of these challenges and explore strategies to overcome them together.

Dispelling the Myth of "Summers Off"

The notion of "summers off" is a bittersweet illusion, but often one of the first things you’ll hear when you tell someone you’re a teacher. While the academic year may pause, our financial responsibilities persist. Professional development courses, workshops, and curriculum planning demand our time and resources, often at personal expense. In addition to this, most of us have families and lots of summer activities. I used to say I went from “Two Jobs” to “One Job” in the summer.

Classroom Supply Shuffle

Picture this: you, armed with a shopping list and a heart full of dedication, scouring store aisles for classroom essentials. The pencils, notebooks, and tissues you purchase aren't just supplies but investments in our students' learning experiences. Yet, it's disheartening to realize that these investments often come from our pockets. Then there are the things to buy as gifts or rewards. I always wanted to make my students feel special on birthdays and holidays.

The Commute Conundrum

Our journey as educators extends beyond classroom walls, often involving long commutes and unexpected expenses. Fuel costs, tolls, and vehicle maintenance can chip away at our finances.

The Professional Development Paradox

Professional growth is essential, yet accessing quality professional development often comes at a cost. Conferences, workshops, and advanced degrees require financial investment, challenging our budgets. 

Retirement Concerns: Will I have enough?

Public school educators have pensions outside of Social Security to rely on. But even these are not going to cover you 100% - most top out around 77% of your final average salary. So, you still have a gap that will need to be filled with supplemental savings.

Private teachers have it even tougher. They often have a very small or no pension, so Supplemental Savings become even more important. Social Security is only meant to cover 34% of expenses in retirement.

Conclusion: Empowering Ourselves and Each Other

Embrace the journey towards financial empowerment alongside fellow educators! By acknowledging and confronting the hurdles we face, we ignite a collective force to excel in our profession. Let's elevate financial wellness to the forefront, understanding its profound impact on our ability to shape the lives of our students positively.

In navigating the intricate terrain of financial strain within education, we cultivate strength, wisdom, and resilience. Together, we will emerge as beacons of inspiration, demonstrating the transformative power of prioritizing our financial well-being.

Take the pivotal step towards empowerment by scheduling a 15-minute call with me today. Let's craft personalized strategies that pave the way for your financial security and amplify our impact as educators. Join hands with me on this transformative journey towards financial empowerment and watch as we soar together!



Debbie Majher

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Understanding and Overcoming Financial Strain in Education: A Message to Fellow Teachers

March 13, 20243 min read

Understanding and Overcoming Financial Strain in Education: A Message to Fellow Teachers

For most of us in education, teaching is not just a profession but a calling—a pursuit that shapes futures and ignites passions. Yet, amidst this gratification of guiding young minds lies a less glamorous truth: the financial challenges we face. As a former teacher turned financial planner, I've walked in your shoes, and I understand the unique financial burdens you carry. Let's delve into some of these challenges and explore strategies to overcome them together.

Dispelling the Myth of "Summers Off"

The notion of "summers off" is a bittersweet illusion, but often one of the first things you’ll hear when you tell someone you’re a teacher. While the academic year may pause, our financial responsibilities persist. Professional development courses, workshops, and curriculum planning demand our time and resources, often at personal expense. In addition to this, most of us have families and lots of summer activities. I used to say I went from “Two Jobs” to “One Job” in the summer.

Classroom Supply Shuffle

Picture this: you, armed with a shopping list and a heart full of dedication, scouring store aisles for classroom essentials. The pencils, notebooks, and tissues you purchase aren't just supplies but investments in our students' learning experiences. Yet, it's disheartening to realize that these investments often come from our pockets. Then there are the things to buy as gifts or rewards. I always wanted to make my students feel special on birthdays and holidays.

The Commute Conundrum

Our journey as educators extends beyond classroom walls, often involving long commutes and unexpected expenses. Fuel costs, tolls, and vehicle maintenance can chip away at our finances.

The Professional Development Paradox

Professional growth is essential, yet accessing quality professional development often comes at a cost. Conferences, workshops, and advanced degrees require financial investment, challenging our budgets. 

Retirement Concerns: Will I have enough?

Public school educators have pensions outside of Social Security to rely on. But even these are not going to cover you 100% - most top out around 77% of your final average salary. So, you still have a gap that will need to be filled with supplemental savings.

Private teachers have it even tougher. They often have a very small or no pension, so Supplemental Savings become even more important. Social Security is only meant to cover 34% of expenses in retirement.

Conclusion: Empowering Ourselves and Each Other

Embrace the journey towards financial empowerment alongside fellow educators! By acknowledging and confronting the hurdles we face, we ignite a collective force to excel in our profession. Let's elevate financial wellness to the forefront, understanding its profound impact on our ability to shape the lives of our students positively.

In navigating the intricate terrain of financial strain within education, we cultivate strength, wisdom, and resilience. Together, we will emerge as beacons of inspiration, demonstrating the transformative power of prioritizing our financial well-being.

Take the pivotal step towards empowerment by scheduling a 15-minute call with me today. Let's craft personalized strategies that pave the way for your financial security and amplify our impact as educators. Join hands with me on this transformative journey towards financial empowerment and watch as we soar together!



Debbie Majher

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