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Walk in these shoes

Shane Sullivan

Hey, Ginger Green (author of a letter about teachers pay), come walk in my shoes. I am an individual who spent many years in the business world. Presently, I find myself being a long-term substitute teacher in Summit County. I have walked a couple miles in a teacher’s shoes.

I would first like to address your assumption that teachers are paid too much for working too few hours or months. Teachers are highly educated professionals.

I am now working more than 50 hours a week, unlike the 7.75 a day that you mentioned. Could 7.75 possibly be the minimum required? I question your reasoning for assuming that $28,747 is too much salary. According to http://www.salary.com, the average teacher salary for the Denver area is $45,597 while the national average is $44,226.

As you stated, nothing is for free and the cost of goods and services in Summit County are rising. Teachers must be able to afford to live here if they are going to be able to teach our children. These numbers tell us that teachers are barely able to do that.

The increase in salary is not only needed to keep up with the cost of living, but it is for “our children”. You can pay for our children’s education now, or you can pay more for increased Welfare, Medicare, and criminal justice system costs later.

I urge you to ask a teacher or a concerned parent in this community what value there is in retaining quality teachers. Ginger, become informed before you become critical. Or, as I did, walk in a teacher’s shoes.


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