Last week presented me with a rather gratifying job opportunity at one of the nearby schools, teaching science and history to fifth and sixth graders.
This week finds me en route to a meeting with the school principal to discuss salary and my curriculum for the upcoming year, a prospect which — having drifted jobless in academia for the last four years — fills me with some apprehension. In the world of research, most scientists are lucky to get paid at all; even highly trained post-docs struggle with making rent and resort to scrounging the offices for free doughnuts.
As a middle school educator, how much should I ask for? Do I even have a say? What’s fair? Luckily my family has offered a few helpful stratagems to ease me through the process: Continue reading