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Teachers work many jobs on the road to becoming an educator?

ALWAYS WORKING. Rachel Hayes, a seventh grade math teacher worked 14 jobs before becoming an educator. One of those jobs was working for a YMCA summer camp in 2009.

ALWAYS WORKING. Rachel Hayes, a seventh grade math teacher worked 14 jobs before becoming an educator. One of those jobs was working for a YMCA summer camp in 2009.

Kylie Moore, Staff Writer

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Rachel Hayes is a seventh grade math teacher. She has lots of students that love her class. Most students would never suspect that Hayes once worked as a waiter at Golden Corral.

A lot of teachers have to do other jobs before becoming teachers.

“At one point, I worked 3 different jobs at one time, “ Hayes said. “I have worked 14 different jobs before I became a teacher. My family was big, and I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so I worked as many jobs as possible to pay for college, food money, and gas.”

Hayes worked at places like the restaurants Golden Corral and Applebee’s, and the hobby store Michaels.

Other teachers, like seventh grade social studies teacher Chris Carr, have only ever worked two jobs before becoming a teacher.

“I have worked as a collections specialist at SPS Payment Systems, and as a uniform delivery driver and salesman for Rental Uniform Company,” he said.

Sometimes, Carr went through rough times working as a delivery driver.

“Some mornings, I would have to leave at 3:00 am to make deliveries in Kentucky,” he said.

Spanish teacher Kris Markl also has some former jobs. Some of the former jobs he worked at were fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King, and the retail store Walmart.

Most teachers don’t miss their old jobs and prefer working as a teacher.

“I really don’t miss my old jobs,” Carr said. “I feel like I’m doing the job now that I’m meant to do.”

Hayes agreed.

“I always wanted to be a teacher and I know serving tables helped me achieve my goal,” she said. “I did not in any way want to serve tables for the rest of my life, so when my schooling got hard, I would go to work and it would remind me of my goals and dreams, and it helped me to work hard to achieve them.”

Sometimes funny or weird things happen at a job.

“I would be threatened regularly, by people in other states,” Carr said.

Some customers simply try to exchange or return strange items.

“There was one time that I was working at the Customer Service desk and a customer returned an egg roll because she didn’t like it,” Markl said.

What led most teachers into education was working multiple jobs before becoming a teachers.

“Hard work is the number one thing in every job you do,” Hayes said.

Carr agrees.

“I can give the normal advice: do your best at whatever job you do, whether you like it 100% of the time, or not,” he said. “That is what employers look for and appreciate.”

Markl believes that getting a job is extremely important, even if it isn’t the perfect job right at the start.

“Always be prepared and well-dressed for your interview,” he said. “Making a great first impression is one of the most important things that you can do. Using polite manners goes a long way, as well.”

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