Teachers! Do you hold multiple jobs? Do you work a different job?I teach part time in college and online teaching PLUS Enotes, and other sites. I do it to beef up my CV. Yet, do you do the same for...

Teachers! Do you hold multiple jobs? Do you work a different job?

I teach part time in college and online teaching PLUS Enotes, and other sites. I do it to beef up my CV. Yet, do you do the same for different reasons? Share!

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drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I turned my second job into my "real" job. I have done consulting work for several years on the side; a couple of years ago, I formalized my company, Schools21, and began preparing to leave full-time employment to become my own boss. I went into business full time for myself on April 1, 2009, and although my current income is far below what it was when I worked for a company, it's growing every quarter and the freedom is WELL worth the temporary cut in pay!

You can see my website at www.schools21.com. I also have a Facebook page for Schools21, and I write a blog, "Edutocracy," on education issues local, regional, and national at http://edutocracy.blogspot.com/.

I love Enotes. It keeps me current on what's going on in classrooms. I have also scored SAT and ACT essays, along with several state-based writing assessments, for Pearson Educational Measurement for nearly ten years.


Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I continue with enotes for the challenge part.  The money is wonderful and it was the initial pull, but I think that the participation in the community aspect is critical.  I know of colleagues who use the weekends and summers to work construction, deliver pizzas, and wait tables.  I used to run a summer camp in my first two summers after teaching.  I think that the need to supplement income in teaching is vitally important.  The open summers allow for this to happen, but, as noted in the next discussion thread, one has to be careful in order to allow for some level of decompression time in that summer.  I stopped the summer camp position precisely because of this in that the summer was vital time for me to engage in reflection.

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My first 3 years of teaching, I was going to school and working at Borders. The past 2 years, I have thankfully just been teaching full-time. Now, I'm back in school, & I have no idea how I went to school, taught full-time, and held a second job without killing myself. However, I think it's essential to have some kind of connection to a community outside of teaching. Otherwise, there will be days where the only adult communication I have is with my boyfriend! Interacting with teenagers all day can slowly drive you crazy......

susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hold three jobs, not including enotes.  I teach summer school at a private school, and  I grade essays for a standardized test in addition to my work as a high school English teacher in a public school.  I have enjoyed enotes, because I like the mental challenge of answering questions about a subject that I love.  It beats wasting time playing word games on the internet! 

I think, though, I must be missing out.  I'd like the wine tasting job held by the Post #13! 

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've done plenty of other things in addition to teaching high school over the years--fast food manager, adjunct university faculty, tutoring, fundraising for educational travel, summer camps...you name it.  In general, though, teaching full time is plenty, and I was thankful most of those gigs were of short duration.  Teaching is a nine-month job which requires a three-month recovery and re-charging period in order to be able to start it all again each fall. 

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach high school full time and I also teach community college classes. Typically I teach one evening a week during the school year, plus one or two classes during the summer, which meet twice a week. I enjoy the contrast between the adult learners and the younger ones; what a difference it makes when the students are paying to be in class!

I would say that about half of my coworkers have a second job, most during the summer.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach, coach, teach on-line, edit on enotes, and tutor both during school and after.  During the summer, I work in a bookstore because I love reading and in order to bring in a little extra spending money.  This year, my husband's contract was not renewed at his school, so he started a handyman business.  So, I am his labor force this summer as well.  In the classroom and in real life, we must be the jack of all trades!

martinjmurphy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Outside of teaching full time at a junior high, and doing some work here at enotes, I have no other job.  It's hard to find time for a second job with all the other things I do.  I like to travel, hike, read, watch movies, take my wife out, play with my dogs, and taking care of the yard at my home feels like a full time job--yardwork really takes up my time.  So in order to keep my sanity, teaching is really my only job.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach and do e-notes. Having downsized my lifestyle (assistant Principal to classroom teacher) I earn lots less but I have so much more time. We live in a tiny town with very few shops so we spend very little. We have a big vegetable garden, chickens and a couple of sheep so we keep food bills low. I really enjoy e-notes as it keeps my brain active without costing me anything - in fact the reverse!


accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Everybody is so industrious here! I work part time in two educational institutions plus work on enotes of course. I have also marked exams and tutored privately. I must admit the money always started off as being the pull to start in these posts, but I really appreciate enotes for keeping me in touch with a wider community of teachers and what is happening in my subject fields. That is priceless.

ajmchugh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't have another job outside the school (other than enotes!), but I do try to take on additional positions in my district.  I've done home instruction, I'm a class advisor, and I've served as a Lead Teacher in the English Department.  I'd like to be able to take on a second job just to have a little extra spending money, but with all the papers I bring home, I just don't see it happening! 

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I work four jobs, although I can't call them all really "jobs" unto themselves.  Together, I work very, very full time, but at jobs I enjoy.  I teach full time high school during the year, work 50 hours per month in a tutoring center at my school, eNotes, of course, and then I work the tasting room in a winery about one weekend a month.  No complaints - I work them all by choice.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Besides what I do here at eNotes, I teach in the classroom and online. I also do freelance editing and copy editing for a growing new publishing house. That publisher and I used to work together as production editors at the same company. When we got "downsized," I became a teacher, but she, amazingly, started her own publishing company and is doing very well.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Being an avid collector, I have sold items on eBay regularly since its first year of inception. In addition to teaching, I am also an editor with eNotes. As most teachers have discovered, supplemental salaries are essential to balance the low pay educators face in their teaching jobs.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I was working i did not do anythying for money during the summer.  I did not think that there was any need to do anything other than teaching for the purpose of building a CV.  I also thought that it was necessary for me to get "recharged" so I could do a good job the next year.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've never held more than just a teaching job but have always tutored on the side.  Until this year, it was required for teachers in core subjects at my public school.

This year I did a little writing tutoring which really only counts as "date night" money!

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's official: Teachers can do ANYTHING! I am so proud to see how much we do for the good of the community OUTSIDE of our classrooms, sometimes just for the sake of keeping us "going."  Very few other professionals could brag that much. I am very proud of you all!

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach my regular high school load. Then, two days a week I am an adjunct lecturer and teach genetics and environmental biology for a 4 year college after school. I love that job. I also recently found enotes and plan on writing for the site as often as possible.

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just eNotes. I need the summer off to re-group for the next school year--but I LOVE eNotes, as I can keep my mind sharp, earn money, and yet be in the same room with my family  :)

slchanmo1885 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach, tutor, nanny, freelance write and photograph, housesit, and do enotes. Whew! I don't make any money at my job, so I need to do a lot of things to keep afloat!

jstrejcek | Student

Yes, I have been teaching for five years and have used my skills from education to work many different jobs.  I have tutored, babysat students on the spectrum, been a Behavior Consultant/Mobile Therapist, and coached track and basketball.  The other jobs have helped me get to know many different families, many with children on the Autism Spectrum, and see the world through their eyes.  I think every job I have had has helped make me a better teacher.  As I am getting older and more settled I am seeing how taking some time off in the summer is essential to my well being.  The last thing my students need is a stressed out teacher in September!  I also am learning the importance of family, friends, and fun over just making money.

bwylie1 | Student

I have held multiple jobs at things I have enjoyed while teaching.  Two of my favorite jobs I have had at different times while teaching were being a barista at a local coffee shop and working at a bookstore.  There were definite perks to both.  I made great tips on poetry slam nights at the coffee shop and always had free coffee on the way in to the classroom in the mornings. :)  When I worked at the bookstore, I used the discount that I had to purchase materials for my classroom.  Those were my two favorite part time jobs while teaching, but have had others as well.  I've worked at fast food restaurants, as a tutor, a piano teacher, a dog trainer, at a ball park concession stand, at stores in the mall and at a visitor information bureau. :)  I almost believe that if you are single and just starting in education, it's probably very difficult to survive if you don't have a part time job.

helpertouch | Student

I teach fulltime for my district, but I'm one of the few traveling teachers. I teach art in the morning in a rural junior high but in the afternoon I travel to our local juvenile corrections facility, where district teachers are brought in to teach. Then after school, to handle a few bills, I teach art part-time for the Utah Virtual Academy, which is a free public online school that uses k12.com as curriculum. It's a lot but doable.

melissajp | Student
Teachers! Do you hold multiple jobs? Do you work a different job?

I teach part time in college and online teaching PLUS Enotes, and other sites. I do it to beef up my CV. Yet, do you do the same for different reasons? Share!


I currently teach, work at a restaurant on the weekends and tutor/nanny for a little boy over the summer. It's nice to have the extra money coming in, but the tutoring over the summer keeps me on my toes and keeps my mind going in the teaching way so I'm ready come fall.

char94 | Student
In reply to #1: )es. Actually right now I substitute teach so that is like multiple jobs! I really like it though. I am easily bored so this keeps me on my toes. I have taught every age from pre-k through adult and many subjects. I have recently considered going back to full time though because I miss having colleagues to hang with and discuss issues.
teeya1777 | Student

I love the pressure of multitasking as a matter of fact, I tutor higher grades plus freelance for couple of  magazines as well. its fun. really.

ktruth327 | Student

I am a fairly new teacher and I am not quite married yet, nor do I have kids.

SO, I teach by day and bartend by night. I always have, and until I am more tenured or until I am responsible for a family, I probably always will. If anyone is wondering about a possible second job for teachers, I think there are a lot of similarities between teaching and bartending. For example:

-You have to remember a lot of names.

-You are in charge.

-Teacher ears, bartender ears- whatever you call them, you can be writing on the board or putting in an order and you have eyes in the back of your head AND can listen to several different little conversations.

-Sometimes you have to remind them that certain topics of discussion are not appropriate.

-When its getting close to the time to go home, almost everyone needs a little reminder about "inside voices".

-You have to tell them when to go home, and remind them not to forget their bags and coats.

-Sometimes you even have to help them on the right bus.

If there are any other teachers by day and bartenders by night, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir : ) Enjoy.


vickiwhitaker | Student

One summer I worked for a race horse trainer. I groomed, fed, and bathed the horses after they returned from the track. That was 19 years ago. The steamy smells of horse sweat and manure still quicken my soul. Currently, I am working part-time as a medical transcriptionist, which will become my full-time job when I retire from the classroom next year. I think, however, I would make a model-perfect lazy person. I would like to try that for at least one, 365-day, year. I dream of getting enough sleep, waking when I am so inclined, brewing coffee strong enough to make Juan Valdez proud, and lounging endless days with the likes of Don Quixote, Tom Robbins, Gus McCrae, Ariana Huffington, Richard Dawkins, Henry Fielding (the spectrum as broad and lazy as the Rio Grande). All that with my dawgs at my feet. Gawd! I could do that. If only I could do that for a living.

imamta10 | Student

In today,s competitive environment multiskilling is must for all to sustain. it gives knowledge,opportunities and self satisfaction. i m a teacher, a freelance tutor and ofcourse a guide to my daughter. apart frm it i recently joined enotes. i really appreciate the discussion and q &a sections. i enjoy to reply the questions and also benefitted by other responses to a particular question.

it provides me opportunity to share my views with others

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