Welcome! So, you want to know a bit more about me?
Poor kid, to broke adult, to nearly financially independent. That’s the quick version.
We started six-figures in debt and now have a seven-figure net worth and we did it all while working as public educators.
First and foremost, I’m an educator. But I almost missed my calling.
I grew up poor, raised by a single mom. My early experiences and sense of limits created an early, and unhealthy, obsession with money. 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 stumbled into teaching elementary school.
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 a seven figure net worth.
We’re not done yet – we’re pushing for financial independence and optional retirement (FIOR) within the next 5 years.
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 help change that. (Read – The 15 Money Things I’d Tell a New Teacher)
Let me know if I can help you. In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing about my story and experience. Thanks for reading.
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Mission: To Support Educators and other Passionate Professionals to Reach 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, Teacher FI (TFI), 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!
Other Places I’ve Been Featured
- 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
- (more coming soon)