The Educator Expense Deduction – Things to Consider

As an educator, you are no doubt aware that you can claim the money you spend on classroom supplies as a deduction on your taxes. On the surface, it may seem quite simple--you buy the stuff throughout the year and, at tax time, and you claim that amount when it’s time to ... Read more...

Get AP Credit, Avoid Student Loan Debt

I don't talk very much about it here, but I teach two A.P. classes. As in, two different A.P. subjects. If you're unfamiliar with the College Board's Advanced Placement program, it basically allows high school students to take advanced classes (to simulate a college experience) ... Read more...

Is Becoming a Teacher Right for You?

A while back, I did an 'Ask Me Anything' post and one of my absolute favorite PF bloggers, Frugal Zeitgeist, asked if I would recommend teaching as a career-change for people burnt out in the corporate world. I've been turning the question over in my mind ever since then, and I ... Read more...

Job Security

Last Tuesday, I became a tenured teacher. My new friend Carrie from Carrie on the Cheap congratulated me, but confessed she doesn't exactly know what "tenure" means. And actually, it means different things in different school districts. In general, tenure is "awarded" to teachers ... Read more...

Back to Work

Summer school starts tomorrow, so it's back to work for me :( Actually, I'm kind of looking forward to it because I'm getting bored. My whole district only employs about 40 people to teach summer school, and other teachers are totally horrified to find out that I volunteer (i.e., ... Read more...