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Based on 1,445 responses, the job of Elementary School Teacher has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.84 out of 5. On average, Elementary School Teachers are highly satisfied with their job.
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Q: What is it like working as an Elementary School Teacher?

March 2016
"Can be stressful, but love it anyway!"
Elementary School Teacher:
Pros: The kids and their achievements.
Cons: I can't support my 2 kids on my income as a single mom. My rent is low for my area and only $700 less than my monthly paycheck.
April 2016
"Working as a Teacher."
Elementary School Teacher:
Pros: Vacation, 403b, weekends off, co-workers, past raises and stipends, pension plan.
Cons: New evaluation system, pressure, meetings, after hours work, paperwork, early hours, low medical insurance coverage, short lunch (30 minutes)
May 2016
"Don't become a teacher."
Elementary School Teacher:
You are underpaid, under appreciated, and your fate lies with politicians. I hope you REALLY love kids. The perks of your job include bagels on teacher appreciation days. People who barely see their own kids will tell you how to improve your teaching. Remember these words: assessment, essential questions, and especially- professional responsibility. Don't ever believe you are making a good salary. I have been working for my district for 11 years. I make 42 dollars per hour. That's the hours they pay me for. Trust me, in reality I make about 20 dollars per hour. Did I mention that I can only get paid for 6.5 hours per day and 183 days per year? No overtime, and the only opportunity to make more money means working summer school. Plumbers make 45 dollars an hour and they can work as much as they want. Again, I hope you really like kids. Luckily I do. I just wish teaching wasn't such a disappointment.
June 2016
"Most Rewarding Job."
Elementary School Teacher:
It is important to love the job and not the compensation. It's not just a career, it's a Calling.
June 2016
"I like to give my level best to any task which anyone gives."
Elementary School Teacher:
A Teacher should teach their students not only from books but from their heart and the experience that he or she had gain himself which he or she get from their education....
July 2016
"Standardized Tests Determine Your Competency."
Elementary School Teacher:
Realize the measure of your competency as a teacher will be determined by the outcome of a state administered standardized test. Any administrator who tells you otherwise is lying. Their performance is measured by the entire school's test results so naturally they will address the teachers whose students scored lowest first.
July 2016
Elementary School Teacher:
Pros: I love the children and getting them to think outside the box and come up with their own ideas. The direct administration was very supportive.
Cons: I don't agree that paper testing is the only kind of assessment and this was the main type of assessment given. A lot of our corporate administration was very unorganized and did not give us much information.