In fact, it’s pretty much the perfect place to be a teacher.
The average teacher salary in Nebraska is $46,000, which is high enough to support a family of four and make ends meet on your own. It’s also low enough that you can afford to buy a house and save up for retirement.
The cost of living in Nebraska is low, too: only $2,700 per month for basic costs like food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and so on. Compare that with other states—like New York or California—where basic costs are closer to $5,000 per month!
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WHAT ARE TEACHERS PAID PER HOUR
Pre-school teachers help to stimulate the social and intellectual development of children in nurseries and other types of educational establishments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average pre-school teacher in the U.S. earns an average annual wage of $33,300, or $16.01 per hour. Pre-school teachers in Nebraska, New
York and New Jersey are the best paid, with average annual salaries over $40,000, or $19.23 per hour.
Elementary School Teachers
The BLS reports that elementary teachers in the U.S. receive an average annual salary of $59.020, or $28.37 per hour. Many teachers, including those in New York City, receive their pay at set intervals throughout the course of the year. In other areas, teachers only receive pay when school is in session. Teachers in New York and Connecticut earned an average salary slightly over $75,000, or $36.05 per hour.
Secondary School Teachers
Secondary school teachers normally specialize in one particular subject, such as chemistry or mathematics. These teachers are employed in middle schools and high schools and, like elementary teachers, are normally paid an annual salary. According to the BLS, the average secondary school teacher in the U.S. earns an annual salary of $61,420 or $29.52 an hour. The highest paid secondary teachers work in Alaska and New York, earning just over $80,000, or $38.46 per hour.
Teacher’s Union Considerations
In some areas, teacher’s unions enter into collective bargaining agreements with school districts. Union members are assured of receiving either a minimum annual salary or a minimum hourly rate. Members of the Boston Teacher’s Union with a bachelor’s degree and experience can earn up to $92,147, or $44.32, an hour, as per the 2017-18 contract. Experienced members with a doctorate earn can up approximately $110,000, or $52.88 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A TEACHER
The teacher will be responsible for presenting and explaining learning materials and educating students on new subjects. The teacher will communicate their subject matter by using lectures, printed, visual, audio and/or video materials. They must create a curriculum, form daily lesson plans, and prepare all lesson materials. In class, teachers may lecture on a specific subject and/or assign work, projects, and tests to help build knowledge and assess the students’ overall performance in a class.The teacher will also be responsible for maintaining and managing their classrooms and take disciplinary action when needed. In order to educate their class and ensure success, teachers should maintain a positive attitude, be energetic about the subjects they teach, and share a passion for learning themselves.
Duties and Responsibilities
Cultivate a hunger for knowledge among students and engage them to learn
Encourage curiosity and continued improvement
Help set goals for students and work with the class to help them attain these goals
Keep an organized and orderly classroom that promotes creativity and learning
Plan curriculum for the school year
Create and prepare daily lesson plans for appropriate age and learning skill level, making adjustments when needed
Create and/or print out instructional material for classroom use
Lead daily lesson plans, teaching the intended subject matter and answering any questions the students may have
Keep track of role and ensure students are attending and participating in class
Assign work by means of in-class worksheets, projects, homework, presentations, reports, etc.
Assess performance by grading work and giving tests
Keep grading book and submit at end of each term
Help students one-on-one who need extra assistance
Enforce administration and school-wide policies
Set classroom rules and expectations
Discipline students (according to school policy) when necessary
Be active in the school community and events
Participate in teaching training sessions and stay up to date with current teaching methods, practices and any new knowledge in your field
Report to school board committees
Set up and lead teacher/parent student-assessment conferences
Requirements and Qualifications
A compassionate and confident leader
Very strong verbal and written communication skills
Clear, consistent and respectful communicator
Creative and able to create a fun learning environment
High level of patience with experience as a mediator
Keeps a positive attitude and can control emotions
Efficient time management
Ability to take on many tasks at once and prioritize them by importance and relevance
Good at problem-solving quickly under pressure
Outstanding critical thinking abilities
Strong organizational skills
Good classroom management
Proficient in the subject(s) you will be teaching
Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching, Education or related subject (for Kindergarten, Elementary and High Schools)
State-issued teaching certification
Relevant experience (student teaching)
Continued Education Programs (if required by state)
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
Experience with web programs like Blackboard or other online course management, assignment-posting systems