Originally Posted by chip_gilkey
Yeah I won't face any penalties anytime soon. Even when they do kick in it seems as though the really poor are protected from them which would most likely include me as well. My plan is to become a high school teacher but there aren't exactly a lot of openings right now so until I find a job I'll just be substituting.
...if you would ever consider this, but right now in the part of Canada where I live the starting grid for a full time teacher is 58,000 and ends 11 tiers later at 88000.
After 10 years you hit the max in the grid and after 30 years you reach full pension.
Pension is rated at 78% of the highest average five years of service.
During your time in the system you are eligible to ungrade your education with either a masters or PHD in the education field at no cost to you and can then enter into administration.
Most admin jobs peak out at the highest grid of 110,000 for a principal and upper admin is 120,000 to 160,000 dependent on position.
You work only 10 months of the year earn up to 10 sick days per year which are bankable up to 40 before they are reduced to the max limit.
Health insurance is the highest level possible on full dental, vision and ancillaries such as massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, etc. What I am really saying is the benefits are amazing.
For a young teacher, especially American you would have to be willing to work in a isolated situation, but it doesn't take long to advance if you are a hard worker and a conscientious person.
Right now in Western Canada we are the strongest economy in the world with a bounty of mining, oil and gas and food resources. There is a lot of money and few young people to man all the skilled labour we need.
Teachers in rural areas are in demand.
Something for you to consider if you are adventurous.