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  1. #1
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    If you are a Christian school teacher or you recently taught or you know someone who is or recently taught, what was the amount that they were making?

    Were they full-time or part-time? About how many hours did they work?

    Just trying to get an idea.
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    Peanuts... Seriously I knew 2 Christian School Teachers that put in over 60 hrs/wk and made less than 30K/year... COMBINED! Needless to say, neither are teaching any more...

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    There is a broad range, from getting paid nothing to probably $30,000/year at the very max. Sometimes benefits included, sometimes not.

    Unfortunately, christian school teachers are considered to be ministering and often make very little in comparison for their work and effort.

    I no longer teach...it was too much strain on my family and not enough income in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icingonthecake View Post
    There is a broad range, from getting paid nothing to probably $30,000/year at the very max. Sometimes benefits included, sometimes not.

    Unfortunately, christian school teachers are considered to be ministering and often make very little in comparison for their work and effort.

    I no longer teach...it was too much strain on my family and not enough income in return.

    The LESS than 30K/yr was for 2 teachers COMBINED!!!!!!! So the pay was less than 15K/yr for each teacher....

    I fully understand the strain on the family...

    While, I understand that a teaching is considered a ministry to some, however, the organizations do charge for tuition for their Christian Schools--- I just feel as though the job of a teacher is a difficult one; there are long hours, sometimes difficult students (even parents sometimes), and churches hide behind "all in the name of Christianity," "ministry," or whatever else they may want to call it...

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    I taught for nearly 15 years from 81-94 and during that time, I taught at four different schools.

    Teacher's meetings/devotions always started 30-45 mins before school started. Teachers were generally allowed to leave 30 minutes after dismissal. The class day was usually 6.5 to 7 hours. I spent anywhere from 1-3 hours per night grading papers, creating tests, curriculum prep etc.

    I also received a little extra compensation for coaching, driving bus, music, and janitorial/landscaping work. Since games were played on Saturdays, my week was a six day work week. My first ministry was in the Chicago Subs. I was told that they would take care of us, provide a house, and trust God for the rest. We moved into an old house with no heat or lights. After six months of trusting God, and only eating three to four meals a week, My wife and I trusted God enough to leave.

    We then went to another school. We had the same responsibilities, and signed a contract for 12,000 per year. That included summer school, camp, and painting, mowing, cleaning, etc. in the summer. After three years we took a pay cut to 11,000 and were given no summer employment. At least we were able to go out and work two or three jobs all summer to help ourselves out.

    After 5 years, the pastor claimed to feel so badly about how hard I was working and that they could not pay me enough, that they were not going to
    offer me a contract for the next year. I was replaced by his nephew.

    By the time I left teaching to start a church, I was still working six days at the school, and was making 20,000 per year. I was well paid (as Christian school teachers go) and he begged me for three months to come to his school. I drove 1.5 hours each way and went six days. It lasted three years. We helped shape up the Jr. High, increased standardized test scores, we built a gymnasium, saw some kids get saved, and we took a couple teams to state and national championship games.

    Then a new principal came. He was upset that I got paid more than he did and he told me so. He began the campaign to end my tenure. That was the end of the road for me. I will never regret the time I spent in that ministry but I thank God that he let me out of it when he did.

    I will never question the faithfulness of a loyal Christian school teacher. They are a dedicated lot to whom is paid little respect, little appreciation, and little compensation per hour. At the end of the day, paying the mortgage on the new gym and the new facilities becomes more important than showing loyalty to the men and women who have the gift of teaching.

    Bible colleges continue to pump out thousands of "teachers" every year. Christian schools have an endless pool of entry grade employees from which to choose to replace the married man with children who needs more income.

    Sad story, but it is what it is.
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    I have been working at a Christian school in Oklahoma for about 8 years. Some years were full time and some were part time. I started college after we started the accreditation process. Part time I was making about $8,000 per year and now that I have graduated I have a contract for next year to make $19,000 plus I have been there long enough to have my kids tuition free. So I fell that is together about $25,000 a year. We are really considered a well paying school, but I know one about 40 miles from us that pays about $28-30,000 to start plus benefits. There is one in Oklahoma City that is comparable in pay to the public schools. Entry pay is $38-39,000 per year depending on experience.

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    Please allow me a few moments of family pride and re-congratulate my little sister on her graduation! I am so proud of her! Way to go Marmy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. D View Post
    I taught for nearly 15 years from 81-94 and during that time, I taught at four different schools.

    Teacher's meetings/devotions always started 30-45 mins before school started. Teachers were generally allowed to leave 30 minutes after dismissal. The class day was usually 6.5 to 7 hours. I spent anywhere from 1-3 hours per night grading papers, creating tests, curriculum prep etc.

    I also received a little extra compensation for coaching, driving bus, music, and janitorial/landscaping work. Since games were played on Saturdays, my week was a six day work week. My first ministry was in the Chicago Subs. I was told that they would take care of us, provide a house, and trust God for the rest. We moved into an old house with no heat or lights. After six months of trusting God, and only eating three to four meals a week, My wife and I trusted God enough to leave.

    We then went to another school. We had the same responsibilities, and signed a contract for 12,000 per year. That included summer school, camp, and painting, mowing, cleaning, etc. in the summer. After three years we took a pay cut to 11,000 and were given no summer employment. At least we were able to go out and work two or three jobs all summer to help ourselves out.

    After 5 years, the pastor claimed to feel so badly about how hard I was working and that they could not pay me enough, that they were not going to
    offer me a contract for the next year. I was replaced by his nephew.

    By the time I left teaching to start a church, I was still working six days at the school, and was making 20,000 per year. I was well paid (as Christian school teachers go) and he begged me for three months to come to his school. I drove 1.5 hours each way and went six days. It lasted three years. We helped shape up the Jr. High, increased standardized test scores, we built a gymnasium, saw some kids get saved, and we took a couple teams to state and national championship games.

    Then a new principal came. He was upset that I got paid more than he did and he told me so. He began the campaign to end my tenure. That was the end of the road for me. I will never regret the time I spent in that ministry but I thank God that he let me out of it when he did.

    I will never question the faithfulness of a loyal Christian school teacher. They are a dedicated lot to whom is paid little respect, little appreciation, and little compensation per hour. At the end of the day, paying the mortgage on the new gym and the new facilities becomes more important than showing loyalty to the men and women who have the gift of teaching.

    Bible colleges continue to pump out thousands of "teachers" every year. Christian schools have an endless pool of entry grade employees from which to choose to replace the married man with children who needs more income.

    Sad story, but it is what it is.
    I have to agree with your assessment. However, I will state that the parents of my students were always very appreciative and so were most of my students.
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    I do often find it so sad that after dedicating four years to college, it doesn't pay a bit to actually do what you were trained to do. LOL. I always remind myself God called me to college, and has a plan for my life! (Which currently does not include teaching, praise HIM!) Fleshly speaking I occasionally think how much I could be making after spending four years studying almost any other field, including public school teaching (however that is another underpaid job for all the junk they have to go through these days...). But I'm not here to serve myself and get rich (would be nice, eh?) but to serve God.

    I will say the school that my kids currently attend (not through our church but another local IFB church) is as fair as possible to their teachers. They pay them higher wages than most Christian schools (I worked for them part time and got a pretty fair paycheck for that, actually...nothing to get rich on, but not "ministry grade" either). They also offer several benefits including health insurance for their full time teachers, and they hire each one individually rather than as a couple. I do respect them for that.

    I understand that its hard to pay teachers because you have to have alot of students in order to have enough money to pay. But that's when you have to take the idea of Christian school really seriously. You can't just throw one together...you have to make sure you have what it takes. Even the school my kids go to...we think they have lowered standards in accepting students in order to keep having barely enough money to pay their teachers fairly. I understand its a difficult position. I appreciate the teachers there and their sacrifice. I personally just cannot bear the stress of teaching (mostly the parents) and hate the fact that teaching is a job you take home with you every night, extra duty w/o pay.

    I guess there's no easy answer...except I think it would be best to either have a nice big school with fair pay for teachers....OR be honest and do an ABeka video school with lower paid volunteer supervisors if you cannot have a big school. I hate to see a teacher spending all her hours away from her family for mere pennies.

    I DOOOO want to add....that if the church/school has the money to completely remodel their buildings or build new gyms or whatever else...sorry but they have the money to treat their teachers right. I'd rather see them do a cheaper cleanup/redecorate their old buildings and take care of their teachers properly rather than spending hundreds of thousands while teachers still live on poverty levels. PET PEEVE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icingonthecake View Post
    I do often find it so sad that after dedicating four years to college, it doesn't pay a bit to actually do what you were trained to do. LOL. I always remind myself God called me to college, and has a plan for my life! (Which currently does not include teaching, praise HIM!) Fleshly speaking I occasionally think how much I could be making after spending four years studying almost any other field, including public school teaching (however that is another underpaid job for all the junk they have to go through these days...). But I'm not here to serve myself and get rich (would be nice, eh?) but to serve God.

    I will say the school that my kids currently attend (not through our church but another local IFB church) is as fair as possible to their teachers. They pay them higher wages than most Christian schools (I worked for them part time and got a pretty fair paycheck for that, actually...nothing to get rich on, but not "ministry grade" either). They also offer several benefits including health insurance for their full time teachers, and they hire each one individually rather than as a couple. I do respect them for that.

    I understand that its hard to pay teachers because you have to have alot of students in order to have enough money to pay. But that's when you have to take the idea of Christian school really seriously. You can't just throw one together...you have to make sure you have what it takes. Even the school my kids go to...we think they have lowered standards in accepting students in order to keep having barely enough money to pay their teachers fairly. I understand its a difficult position. I appreciate the teachers there and their sacrifice. I personally just cannot bear the stress of teaching (mostly the parents) and hate the fact that teaching is a job you take home with you every night, extra duty w/o pay.

    I guess there's no easy answer...except I think it would be best to either have a nice big school with fair pay for teachers....OR be honest and do an ABeka video school with lower paid volunteer supervisors if you cannot have a big school. I hate to see a teacher spending all her hours away from her family for mere pennies.

    I DOOOO want to add....that if the church/school has the money to completely remodel their buildings or build new gyms or whatever else...sorry but they have the money to treat their teachers right. I'd rather see them do a cheaper cleanup/redecorate their old buildings and take care of their teachers properly rather than spending hundreds of thousands while teachers still live on poverty levels. PET PEEVE.

    Or to hire really good teachers.
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    All things presented in the above message are MHO. Thus, even though they probably are right, you have the right to respectfully disagree with me.

 

 

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