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Everything I wish I knew financially as a new teacher


I love teaching. I know, though, that choosing this field meant my income would be significantly smaller that that of my college peers. I had to learn, then, to make every dollar count. This blog highlights what I have discovered so far. Hopefully you can avoid a fair number of mistakes I made.

As one of my former students once told me, “I’m not as good at physics as everyone else. I realized that I just had to work harder.” Just as my student learned to be more resourceful, I realized that I had to take the same approach with my money.

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My name is Matt. I teach physics.

I have been working at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past seven years after receiving both my B.S. in Physics and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. I am married, am a homeowner, have no more student loans, and am in my early 30s.  As you can tell by the stocking I made in 1st grade, I have always been interested in money. I have tried to educate myself in terms of retirement, investing, and student loans. Now my goal is to help fulfill the wish I made as a grade schooler.