How did we get here? Part One

How did we get here? Part One

I feel like I have done enough tinkering for today. You’ll see that, among other changes, I’ve linked my Instagram profile so you can see why I’m doing this: my awesome kiddos.

At this point, I think that the bulk of our issue is not that we are being irresponsible – we have to live somewhere and eat, at the end of the day – but more that our income is inadequate.

“I don’t understand. You’re a civil servant and he’s a teacher! How are you guys not making it?”

On the surface, that is a legitimate question. It seems to me that the general perception of these these professions is that they are high paying and low effort.

That hasn’t been our experience.

I’ll start with my husband’s career as a teacher because that will likely take up less time.

Both hubby and I graduated from high school (at opposite ends of the province) in 2003, which some of you may remember as being part of the “double cohort“. Basically, the government had decided to do away with the fifth year Ontario Academic Credits (OACs), previously known as Grade Thirteen. This meant that our graduating class basically doubled for that year, so we had extra competition for everything: spots in programs, scholarships, spots in residence.

This also had an impact on the amount of people trying to (eventually) get into teacher’s college. 

As far as I can tell, teaching is all my husband has ever wanted to do. I also remember growing up with people telling us that job prospects for teachers were amazing because people were going to be retiring in great numbers and all at the same time.

Entry to Bachelor of Education programs was competitive; Ottawa rejected hubby’s application so he spent the year in London instead. As we were planning our wedding and shopping for our new place to live – we had fun trying to work around the obstacle of distance 🙂

Hubby graduated in 2009.

His first available opportunity to apply to be an occasional (supply) teacher was 2014, and this was only after he had been given a bit of a leg up by our parish priest.

Those teachers who were supposed to retire en masse? They either didn’t, or they did and went back to supply to supplement their retirement income.

It’s now 2017, and hubby is still supply teaching. He made it onto the list for Long-Term Occasional teachers for one of the school boards but has been rejected by the other.

Luckily he is teaching pretty much every day, but a little more certainty would be nice. He also doesn’t get paid if he doesn’t get called in, which is every personal development day, snow day, and school break.

We’ve had a lot of snow days this year.

That’s usually not an issue when your partner has a steady income, right? Enter me.

We’ll talk about that in the next post.

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