I don't get paid over the summer, so it is not a paid vacation...it is unpaid leave. I work eleven hour days on average during the school year. Much of that is helping high school students with math assignments after school. I don't get paid for that either. Over the summer I try to do house repairs and cleaning that I can't afford to hire out on my teacher pay. I also try to visit parents and in-laws since I only have 3 personal days of leave during the school year. I take continuing education courses on my own time and dollar during the summer. Mostly, I try to ignore the ignorant comments made by those who have not walked a mile in my shoes, so I can rejuvenate and make a positive difference in my students' lives when I return.
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