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A Career Choice That Makes Us Proud

We get it: You want your child to be happy, comfortable and compensated fairly for the work they do. A teaching career affords that and more.

A Career Choice That Makes Us Proud

We get it: You want your child to be happy, comfortable and compensated fairly for the work they do. A teaching career affords that and more.

Parents, guardians and families:

You've taken the first step in helping your child evaluate a career in teaching. Congratulations!

It's a good step to take: A job as a teacher affords a comfortable lifestyle, competitive compensation and guaranteed career impact.

9 out of 10 teachers are satisfied in their jobs. - National Center for Education Statistics, 2016

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Teachers Love their Jobs

To be a teacher is to be a problem solver, a poet, an inventor, a creator, an explorer and much, much more. It’s no wonder teachers have better work stories.
  • Zulma Estrella's path to professional success as a high school biology teacher at KCKPS involves experimentation, perseverance and family.

  • Joseph Kang, a ninth grade science teacher at Belton School District, helps find the next generation of teachers by simply taking their calls.

  • Mark Bush, who teaches art at Hogan Preparatory Academy, gets his own career advice through personalized coaching.

Cost of Living + Teacher Compensation = Great Lifestyle

In Kansas City, in addition to competitive teacher compensation, the cost of living is lower than the national average. Plus, projects like educator project grants give teachers a reason to stay engaged, improve their skills, and get the chance to show off a little bit.

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Teachers Receive Generous Benefits

The benefits teachers get on top of salary are part of their total compensation, and they tend to get a better benefits package than many other jobs. In particular, teachers get compensated with: 

  • Generous retirement plans.
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance. 
  • Vacation time: spring break, summer, Thanksgiving and winter breaks, plus an additional 10 days each year!
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Perks to Brag About

On top of standard benefits, many school districts in Kansas City offer teachers bonus perks, stipends and incentives.
  • The Academy for Integrated Arts shows that they value the adult learning community by giving teachers early dismissal to allow for two-and-a-half hours of collaboration and shared learning.

  • Teachers at Belton School District don't have to worry about paying for health insurance, as it's covered by the board.

  • Ewing Marion Kauffman offers relocations to teachers who choose to make the move to take a position.

  • Genesis Promise Academy funds teacher participation in fellowships, university cohorts and off-site development opportunities, and provides a generous tuition reimbursement policy.

  • At Hogan, all district employees are eligible to earn up to $1,000 additional compensation.

  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools offers a free athletic fitness center to their teachers.

According to Current Teachers

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"My students inspire me to wake up every morning not only to teach them, but to love them!" - Martinez Thurma

Options for Funding Teacher Certification

If you’re concerned about how to pay for—or support your child in paying for—teacher training, rest assured that you have options. There are many opportunities to reduce or eliminate teacher training expenses.

These can include:

  • Scholarships and financial aid.
  • Loan forgiveness programs.
  • Alternative certification options that allow your kid to earn a salary while they train to become a teacher.
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Teaching Opens Doors

A teacher's journey doesn’t necessarily end in front of a classroom. Becoming a teacher means stepping into varied and exciting career paths. There are many career paths educators can consider, from counselor to administrator to principal, to name a few.

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Teaching Means Having an Impressive Impact

Teaching requires a diverse set of skills: leadership, creative problem-solving and stellar communication, to name a few. Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher, but with the right training and encouragement, your child could become a great one. And great teachers change lives.

Teachers are on the front lines addressing the injustices of our education system head-on, awakening curiosities that shift life trajectories, and creating social change.

Help us build the next generation of great teachers. Take the career roadmap quiz together to get started.

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