Mission: Helping Educators Achieve Financial Independence
In a time of deep professional frustration, I started reading about personal finance and realized I’d neglected an important part of my life. Together with my partner, I developed a plan to reach financial independence in under ten years. We did it in just over 5!
Recognizing that educators don’t typically tend to their financial well-being, I created this site to share my experience and learning.
Building wealth as an educator isn’t fast, but it’s possible. By understanding your money, growing your career, and making solid decisions you can make incredible financial progress – even as an educator.
I want to help you.
Poor kid, to broke adult, to nearly financially independent.
We started six-figures in debt and now have a seven-figure net worth and we did it all while working as public educators.
That’s the quick version, but keep reading if you want more.
How Did It Happen?
First and foremost, I’m an educator. But I almost missed my calling.
I grew up poor, raised by a single mom. My childhood experiences and sense of limits created an early, and unhealthy, obsession with money and constant feelings of financial insecurity. I planned to be stupid rich and pursued a career in economics – that I ended up hating.
Fortunately, I met my amazing wife (TFI) and volunteered in her classroom. I became a teacher.
We started out together as two broke teachers with a net worth of -$130,000.
Then, we financially wasted most of a decade. We were clueless about finances. Our lifestyle inflated – we spent as much as we earned. Suddenly, we were approaching 40 and had little to show for it and no real plan. Our net worth was $0.
A dream purchase turned into the nightmare wake up call I needed. I started studying personal finance and paying attention to how successful people think about money.
We’ve gone from being two broke teachers to reaching FIOR (financial independence optional retirement.) We can now choose to do what we want with our time – I’m walking away from my current role and TFI wants to keep teaching.
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.
I love education and supporting those who give their lives to help others learn. Too often educators give while not taking care of their own financial health. I’m hoping to change that.
Let me know if I can help you. Thanks for reading.
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Other Places I’ve Been Featured
- 5 Expert Financial Wellness Tips for Educators – Rutgers Center for Effective Tool Practices
- Nine Foolproof Ways to Fail in Your New Leadership Role – Guest post on Your Money Geek
- Educator FI Creativity at Work Interview – Savvy History
- Live a Better Life Interview with Educator FI – Life For the Better
- Millionaire Series – ESI Money
- Introvert Interview Series – FI Introvert
- One Million Apples Podcast
- Millionaires Unveiled Podcast: Episode 110
- Broke to Financially Woke Interview – Peerless Money Mentor
- Late Starter to FI series – Late Starter FIRE
- Clueless at 40 to Financially Independent by 50 – Camp FIRE Finance
- What’s Up Next Podcast #82: Are All Teachers Poor?
- 10 Questions with Educator FI – 1500 Days to Freedom
- Financial Black Belt Interview – Millionaire Dojo
- Has Covid-19 Stopped Americans From Chasing Early Retirement? – Marketwatch
- Millionaire Interview Series – One Million Journeys
- (more coming soon)