The following is a submission from an educator as part of the Your Soapbox feature, which explores the experiences of educators in North Carolina through their own words. Check out more first person stories here, or if you are an educator, submit your own.
Disappointed in NC
I moved to NC because I fell in love with Charlotte; however, I have been here 1.5 years, and as an eight-year teacher, I want to quit education because of my experience here.
I am the mother of two boys and teaching in Charlotte for one year has forced me to bankruptcy.
No summer pay, no pay for my master’s, high insurance, tons of co-pays and 40 kids in one of my classes have me wondering if this state hates teachers. I can go 30 minutes to S.C. and make more as a new teacher.
Last year six teachers from my school quit or left the state.
Currently I am seeking to leave also, I will lose the little I have if I stay here. I don’t even qualify to buy a home. When a realtor saw my income, he thought it was my after-tax amount, not realizing it was my gross. He looked at me in shock because he assumed we were taken care of.