I was a high school English teacher (with Math teacher and Science teacher credentials) and I worked full-time until last spring. My school district offered me early retirement at the end of the school year, so I took it not knowing what the public schools would be doing this fall (not to mention the uncertain future of teaching jobs). With all of my teaching experience and the zillions of lesson plans that I created, I am wondering what direction you recommend for a former teacher with a master’s degree. I don’t want a new career per se, but a continuation of my teaching career that supplements my retirement income and helps me keep up with the cost of living while utilizing my teaching degree in a way that keeps me safe.
Thanks for reaching out with a popular question. Congratulations on your first retirement and thank you for your service as a school teacher. With your teaching skills and cumulative learning experience, your job search can go in a few creative directions.
Many retired teachers are looking at part-time jobs. Have you thought about subbing? You could be a substitute teacher at a private school (think smaller classes and tight safety protocols)? Some schools even need virtual subs. You may like the change of being temporary and having the teaching materials already done for you.
Tutoring and higher education are other places to look. You could find a new job by exploring job postings at local learning centers such as Sylvan Learning. Parents rely on places like this to guide their kids through their curriculum and your experience would be valuable. You can help recent bachelor degree grads enrich their writing skills and communication skills. There is also a need for retired teachers to share their lessons as adjunct professors at community colleges and online colleges.
You mentioned keeping safe, so you may also want to explore online teaching. You can also freelance as a test scorer or essay grader. That might be a fun way to stay in education without leaving your house if you don’t want to. You can assist foreign language speakers to learn English as a Second Language (ESL). With this option you can choose what country or foreign language you would like to work with. Also, when the world opens up you could travel again and teach English overseas.
A slightly different career path might be as an educational consultant or an advisor in all things education related. This can be a creative way to use your educational training with a twist and challenge yourself in different ways. Or assist in matching special education students with the right learning environment or adaptations that they need.
We are here to help you navigate this new world of retirement along with the uncharted waters of this new reality, so let us know if you have any questions.
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