You can do the work you love and build a path to financial independence. Educators do not need to be poor. These defining beliefs are the reason this site exists. As I approach the one year anniversary, it felt important to clearly outline why it matters, how I know it to be true, and how I’m going to help.
Why It Matters
Public education is important. An educated citizenry is critical to a functioning democracy and a requirement for a just world.
We need passionate, skilled, driven people working in education. And, there are too many societal messages out there saying educators are doomed to poverty. This keeps some great people from entering, or staying in, the profession.
Yes, educators deserve to earn more. And, if making as much money as possible is your goal, then education is probably not for you. Or, you may want to make your fortune and then come to join us in our important work!
BUT – you can build a secure financial future by working in public education. We need those people who are driven by mission, not maximizing income, to know and believe that.
We need good financial information out there so educators can do the work they love without constant money stress.
Educators are not doomed to poverty and do not need to avoid talking about money.
If we can change that narrative, we all benefit. We also empower educators to better advocate for themselves financially.
You can do the work you love while building a secure financial future.
I don’t expect you to just take my word for it. Nor do I expect you to just trust me when I point out that The Millionaire Next Door noted that teachers were well-represented among the ranks of millionaires.
If you like looking at hypothetical numbers, I recently ran through three different scenarios demonstrating educator wealth-building possibilities:
I’m also thrilled to host and share the stories of dozens of educators who are taking charge of their financial lives. These educators come from around the globe, different economic situations, family sizes, and different career points. You’ll find stories of teachers, classified employees, administrators. Some are early starters, some came to it late.
The point is you can read real examples of real educators building financial security while doing the work they love : Educator on FIOR Interviews.
How I’m Going to Help
I hope you can tell how passionate I am about this subject. I want great educators working in our profession. I want educators to do the important work without toxic financial stress. I want to help.
Financial independence has become my passion and will continue to be the primary focus of Educator FI.
Yet, I’m realizing that in addition to helping current educators with financial information, I want to support new educators entering our profession. And to help existing educators grow their career or explore new paths.
NEW – Career Content!
So, I’m launching a new section of the site focused on career advice. I hope it’s a useful resource for those considering any of the myriad ways to serve students.
Income is also an important driver on the path to FI. You can increase your income by growing your career. Again – it’s okay for teachers to think about making more money!
I’ll explore the different jobs in education. I’ll share advice and resources for how to get certifications and apply for jobs. I can also use my experience hiring hundreds of new staff to support your job search.
My extensive experience mentoring new teachers and new leaders to be both effective and satisfied with the career will come in handy.
I’m looking forward to this new content. Please let me know what other career topics you’d like to read about!
You’ll start to see these articles mixed into the normal FI concepts over the coming months.
If you know someone who would be a great educator but is hesitating because of money, feel free to send them here!
Educators are not doomed to poverty. You can do the work you love and build a path to financial independence.
I look forward to working with you to prove and spread these beliefs. Let’s help other passionate educators build strong financial futures.