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We still get to be DINKs!

As you know, Girl Ninja flew up for an interview at a private school in the greater Seattle area last week. She spent a solid three hours at the school teaching a kindergarten math lesson, taking a tour, and doing multiple interviews with both the school’s principal and staff members. I’m stoked to report the school liked her so much they made her an offer that same day. SHE GOT A TEACHING CONTRACT!!!!!

It’s pretty funny to think about. The San Diego school district couldn’t get their act together. It took them eight months to finally get a teaching contract drafted for a position she had been in all school year. Super lame. Fortunately we won’t be going through that drama again. Nope, we can breathe easy for the 2011-2012 school year. Booya grandma.

Even though a private school teaching contract pays about 25% less than a public school teaching contract, she is pretty sure her work/life balance will be a bajillion times better. And when it comes down to it, being happy at work is pretty darn important. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear over the thought of a 25% pay cut, but that’s just because I’m selfish…haha.

I’m excited to see what she thinks of teaching in a private school. Will she like it more? Will it feel the same? I’m assuming the students’ parents will probably be way more involved, will that be helpful or annoying? Why do people even pay for private school when they live in areas with great public schools?

Thanks Girl Ninja for getting another teaching contract and keeping us a Dual-Income-N0-Kid family for another year, you’re my favorite 🙂




  1. That’s great! I hope she really likes the gig. I went to parochial schools and loved it. My mom is nearly 68, still teaches at a parochial school and loves it! I seriously don’t think she wouldn’t survive retirement. I bet she’ll be teaching at least part time well into her 80’s.

  2. Congrats on the new job! That is wonderful that she doesn’t have to fret about interviews and the uncertainty of job searching over the summer.
    I’d love to know how her retirement is structured through a private school. I’m so used to the state teachers retirement systems in CA and WA…will you post about it sometime after she starts work?

  3. Congrats on the job. Does this mean you will be moving? How does cost of living compare? Might a 25% reduction not mean all that much in terms of lifestyle?

  4. Congrats to GN! The stress of not having to search will mean a fun summer! Enjoy being DINKS while it lasts. My term in that category ends in a few short weeks. It was glorious for a few years though 🙂

  5. I can’t help but notice the absence of your payday loan sponsored post… are you going to address this?

      • That’s the funny thing… that payday loans article was posted on June 2nd or 3rd, but now it says it was posted in May and is now on the second page. If you look at all the comments, we responded on June 3rd… Somehow the date got changed on the actual article though. Mysterious…

  6. You never fail to make me laugh, you just couldn’t let that 25% slide without shedding a tear lol
    Congrats to GN and to the both of you

  7. Congratulations! My children were in private school because it was important for them to be around other bright focused students. They are now successful adults.

    • Ha! Students who go to private school aren’t all bright and focused. It’s generally not up to the kids if they go to private or public school, so if a student is in private school, it says more about their parents than them. (I’m not saying that this is a positive or negative thing in regards to their parents).

  8. Give GN a pat on the back! It’s not easy getting hired into a new school these days with budget cuts. Layoffs are common and many unions have contracts specifying their existing or tenured members get first dibs on any new openings that do show up.

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