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.
I would just like to add a comment that in the six years I’ve been teaching in North Carolina, the high school I work at has dropped from four people working in the Media Center to just one, me.
I still get the same salary with that much more work.
My county eliminated media assistants, which cut two full-time positions, and when the part-time media specialist retired, the principal decided to use the money to fund a teacher position instead of a media specialist (which I understand and personally agree with).
However, I feel like I’m not getting paid the salary I should be getting for doing 4x the work. When I have the opportunity to leave NC, I will be doing so. I feel like the government is not supporting teachers and is definitely not making me feel like a valued contributor when I see the salaries other government workers are getting versus my salary.