Veteran Teacher Needs Help
Organized by: Roberta Devlin
I have been teaching on the high school level for 50 years since 1967. In 1983, after 17 rewarding years in a public school , I felt it was time for a change. When I left, I took out my retirement money so that I could afford to go back to college to study for a Masters Degree. While in graduate school I continued teaching, part time, taking a position at a non-profit private academy. Once I had my Masters, to my disappointment, my old public school had no vacancies. Luckily, the private academy offered me a full-time job which I gratefully accepted even though that meant a $10,000 cut in pay. For job security and because I really enjoyed the students, I taught there for 22 years. Unfortunately, the private school had no retirement plan for its teachers until a few years before I retired. So I retired with virtually no retirement funds from public or private high schools. Very poor planning on my part! Then I had a near-fatal care accident in 2013. Once I recovered (3 months in the hospital and 3 months of home care), I began teaching again, part time, at another non-profit. That job has now dried up. Although I am happy to be alive, I have not been able to catch up financially. I am now living on Social Security and it is not enough. I am currently in serious debt and If I can't find help somewhere, I will lose my home. I hope that 50 years of teaching will be worth something to those who may want to help me. THANK YOU!