Update: Our Future

A few weeks ago I posted about some changes I intend to make in my career pursuits. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

To make a long story short, I am not renewing my teaching contract next year, and will instead pursue employment in the private sector (a non-teaching job) or will substitute teach and travel with John in my free time.

And although it's April Fool's Day, I ain't foolin' around.

Because I haven't exactly nailed down a non-teaching job yet (there was something in the works, but it didn't materialize), last week I started to look into the process of substitute teaching in our area.

The process is actually very simple - I submit an electronic application and some background information, as well as my teaching license. Then, I am added to a database that matches me, electronically, with subbing jobs. I can sub as often as I please, every day or once a month.

The pay for the closest 5 school districts is $110 a day. While that amount is very generous for a substitute teacher, it's clearly not as much as I was making as a classroom teacher. However, I have about 1/16 of the work of a classroom teacher - that's a pretty decent trade-off, if you ask me.

What is probably even more exciting is that I can still contribute to my IPERS account and 403b investment.

I know, right?! 

I just have to fill out some paperwork with each of the districts I intend to sub in, which could simple be just an annoying task, at most.

I feel much better about this transition now that I know I have a sure-fire plan.


Over and out.


PS - I'm linking up to two other blogs today. You should totally check them out!


  1. I'm so happy for you Kelli! Things will work out the way they are intended too. I'm so happy you will be able to travel with the hubby. Maybe even see your family more?!

    1. My family is crazy. Hopefully I'll see as little of them as possible.


      Kind of...

      No really. I'm kidding. They're pretty cool.

  2. I remember the gut-wrenching moment we decided to pull the plug on corporate employment. Although our future employment scenarios are slightly different, it still is a nail-biter to make that leap. I've not regretted our decision to become self employed on our ranch and I'm sure you will equally enjoy your new-found freedom in life. Congrats! (Visiting from Homestead Barn Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

    1. Well at least my feelings of angst are relatively normal! I should probably stop feeling guilty for being excited for a bit of freedom :)

  3. I sub in my kid's school between seasons at my fish and wildlife job. I love that saying "not today" doesn't count against you in the subbing world! I just recently found out I can contribute to PERS also, which is nice since my "real" job does too. I'm hoping I can leave the "real" job and homeschool my kids soon, just taking subbing jobs when we need to make ends meet. It works on paper, but it's hard to walk away from that perceived financial stability. Good Luck and enjoy your new adventure!

    1. It sounds like you've got it figured out - Thanks for the well wishes!


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