December 9, 2012 | in Nanny
Some jobs seem to flow naturally into other occupations. Many times military personnel do well in law enforcement, athletes turn into great coaches, and wrestlers make good bouncers. For teachers, working as a nanny may be another job that is a natural fit. Here are 10 reasons why:
- One-on-one. Teachers choose their profession in the hopes of shaping young minds. Unfortunately, that’s not an easy thing to do in a classroom of 20+ students. As a nanny, however, she can work one-on-one to guide a young life and teach more effectively.
- Fewer restrictions. Some teachers feel handcuffed by the curriculum they’re obliged to teach in school. A nanny, however, can add more substance to the education she’s providing to her “students.” Outside the classroom there is a whole world of lessons she can introduce to those kids.
- Focused commitment. Teachers have a passion for children and a dedication to their profession. This passion and dedication would serve her and her kids equally as well if she chose to pursue a career as a nanny. That same care and commitment she spreads among her pupils in school can be focused on a single home.
- Less distraction. The American school system has been less than ideal for many years, and teachers feel increasingly impotent within that system. All of the dysfunction, distractions and dissonance in the schools can be set aside for a genuine chance at home schooling.
- Better pay. Many nannies with a similar education and background as most teachers are better paid and work with fewer children. The experience and aptitude that a teacher possesses is worth quite a bit in the childcare industry.
- Varied ages. A teacher that may feel stifled by working with kids in just one age group could have the opportunity to care for kids of different ages as a nanny. This could help her expand her own horizons as well as theirs.
- Year-round employment. A nanny doesn’t need to find another source of income for 2-3 months out of the year. Nannies are needed year-round, and are typically paid 52 weeks per year.
- Merit based advancement. Nannies aren’t restricted by tenure or other faculty-union parameters in order to ascend in their careers. They can continue their own education and work in whatever environment they choose.
- Highly sought after skills. A nanny working in the home who is a former teacher can prepare children so much better for their academic futures. She can tutor, help with homework assignments, and communicate well with the kids’ school teachers.
- Supportive parents. Nannies don’t have to chase after indifferent parents in order to partner with them in their children’s development. The parents are already signed on as partners, and are working together with her for a common cause.
There are few transitions in the workforce that seem as natural, and as mutually beneficial for all concerned, as a teacher who takes on the role of a child’s nanny.
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