Tips for School & District Administrators

Tips for Teachers Working a Second Job

By Brian Gatens

A lot of teachers work a second job outside the classroom. If you’re thinking of taking on a part-time job, it’ is best to remember several things to avoid uncomfortable situations:

Never solicit work through your school connections

Teachers who take second jobs need to keep some things in mindWhen you’ve decided to seek out additional employment, do not use your connection to your school to exclusively seek out work. Pitfalls to avoid:

  • Emailing parents to let them know about your availability (as babysitting and tutoring are common activities).
  • Using the school email to notify your colleagues of your desire to find additional work.
  • Making copies of advertising flyers on the school copy machines.

It is best to keep a clear line between your school life and your desire for additional work.

Remember you’re held to a higher standard

Teachers, as they should be, are held to a higher standard in their public life. As a result, keep that in mind when you seek out additional employment. While you are not prohibited from doing so, I would suggest that you think twice before taking employment in a bar or any other adult-oriented establishment. Some communities have different standards regarding teacher behavior and I’d hate to see that become an issue.

Tutoring is great, but….

Finding additional employment as a tutor can be a great use of your time and expertise, but there are some key issues to keep in mind:

  • Never tutor a student who is currently in your class. This is an unacceptable conflict of interest and there is no exception to this rule.
  • Avoid situations where you deliver poor news about a child’s performance and then recommend a colleague to tutor that child.
  • Do not take up large amounts of colleagues’ time if you tutor one of their students.

Don’t do outside work on school hours

Again, you need a wall between your school life and your outside income opportunities. Do not use any of your school time (even during your prep) to complete the responsibilities of your other position. Avoid emails, phone calls or meetings that can be misconstrued as you not being completely available to your students.

Consult a trusted colleague or administrator

As with many issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to a colleague or administrator who can guide you in the proper direction. I always find that when money, time and work intersect, things sometimes get a little crazy. Always remember:

  • Take your time in considering your additional work.
  • Make certain the job aligns with your personal and work expectations.
  • Put your teaching responsibilities first.

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