I am a proud first-year teacher, and a cart teacher at that.
I would take a picture of my classroom to show, but I do not have my own classroom due to large class sizes and a facility not large enough to hold us all. I teach 90 students a day whom I love and adore.
I literally scrape by every month to make ends meet with maybe only 10 dollars to spare after the necessary costs (food, rent, gas, etc). If I am sick, I try to not go to the doctor as my copays are $30, which is too much for me to spend.
I would love to get my master’s degree, but cannot afford to get it with my current pay. I teach very low-income students, so I pay for everything they need (pencils, folders, markers, pens, erasers, notebooks, binders and anything else required for my class throughout the semester).
I am not bitter in doing so, but I have to eat and take care of myself too. While I love teaching in the state of North Carolina (I love my school and my location), I do not foresee myself staying here much longer due to the current pay level.
In essence, working in North Carolina is an act of love (like a missions trip) for teachers: I am here because I do not want to abandon these students who are stuck in North Carolina public schools where money comes before effective education.
In the end, North Carolina is only hurting itself; it will be stuck with failing public schools, ineffective educators, and students to whom they show a great disservice all due to greed and poor financial distribution.