Hello! Welcome to Educator FI!
(If you’re confused – yes, I used to be Principal FI. (long story…) But, you’re in the right place!)
I’m thrilled you stopped by. I’m a career educator pursuing financial independence with my partner of almost 20 years. We started out as two broke teachers and are now working our way to financial independence and optional retirement (FIOR.)
How Did We Get Here?
I wish I could say I did everything right from the start. But, I definitely did not.
I was raised by a single mom, who took care of us by working full-time while going to nursing school, I was responsible for my younger brother and sister from a young age. It wasn’t easy, but others have had it worse.
My early experiences and sense of limits created an early, and unhealthy, obsession with money. I planned to be stupid rich. Of course, that’s not the same as being smart with money.
After burning out in my early 20s, I realized my real passion was service and became a teacher.
My wife and I started as new teachers with $130,000 in debt. We poured ourselves into the work we were passionate about while completely neglecting our finances. (Read the 15 Money Things I’d Tell A New Teacher.)
Ten years later, in our 30s, our total net worth was $0. We had no
Then, we discovered the concept of FI, got on the same page, and intentionally planned our financial future. We’re on track to be financially independent, while still doing the work we love.
Now, I combine my two passions of teaching and supporting educators to write about our journey and how educators can defy the myth of the poor teacher to achieve financial independence.
The Educator FI Blog
Mission: To Support Educators and other Passionate Professionals to Reach Financial Independence
In a time of deep professional frustration, I started reading about financial planning and realized I’d neglected an important part of my life. Together with my partner, Teacher FI, we developed a plan to reach financial independence in under ten years.
Recognizing that educators don’t typically tend to their financial well-being, I want to share my experience and learning. I hope this blog helps support you on the journey to financial independence.
I will typically post on Monday and Thursday. I’ll write about our path, new learning, and other topics important to you. Also – don’t miss out on the weekly newsletter!
Let’s take the journey to financial independence together!