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Emma Oliver

A teacher in Georgia is considering leaving her job to sell lesson plans on an internet marketplace where she can make $11,000 a month

Emma Oliver, a 28-year-old middle school teacher in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of thousands of educators to use the website Teachers Pay Teachers.
Skyline of Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii was recently rated the least teacher-friendly state in America because educator’s salaries can’t keep up with the high cost of livi...

The number of teachers leaving the teaching profession in Hawaii is up 84% since 2010.
Teacher grading papers (file photo)

The schedules of educators who are moonlighting as waitresses, photographers, and tutors to make ends meet, show just how many sacrifices teachers mak...

Several teachers shared their daily schedules with INSIDER, revealing many are working 12-hour or longer days and weekend shifts to make ends meet.
Classroom (file)

Teachers are seeing their colleagues leave the profession at an alarming rate, and this might be why

More than 40% of teachers leave the profession within five years, according to the NEA, leaving teacher shortages across the country.
A classroom full of children

Teachers who work multiple jobs to pay their bills talk about what makes teaching still worth it

Some teachers work second, third, and fourth jobs to survive, and live on little sleep so they can provide for their students in the morning.
Classroom supplies (file)

94% of teachers say they spend their own money on their classrooms — and some have turned to sites like GoFundMe for help

INSIDER has spoken to several teachers who have spent thousands of dollars of their own money to help make their schools better.
Allison Lytton

A Maine teacher’s salary was so low she couldn’t afford formula for her newborn baby — and she was forced to apply for food stamps

Allison Lytton was in her fifth year of teaching and a single mother of a newborn and two-year-old when she applied for WIC.
Hannah Bruner

A Colorado elementary school teacher works four jobs to survive — and says she still needs government housing assistance

Hannah Bruner fears that having to work extra jobs is taking away from her ability to dedicate the time she needs to her classroom.