Tips for Teachers Looking for Summer Jobs by Joyce Wilson


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Tips for Teachers Looking for Summer Jobs by Joyce Wilson helps teachers gain summer work that can help with family finances and promote their teaching efforts. While this advice won’t help this summer, it should help teachers to start planning for next year. Share with teachers you know.


  • Some teachers look for short-term summer employment because they have free time and want to earn some extra money. Others take a summer job because they want to be able to purchase supplies and materials for their new students and classrooms. Whatever the reason, it is quite common for teachers to seek summer work. If you are a teacher looking for a summer job, you may not realize all of the options that are available to you. Here are a few tips for teachers looking for summer jobs to help get you started.

1. Tap into your skills

  • Teachers can make use of their skills by offering tutoring services during the summer. You may be too busy during the school year to offer tutoring on the side, but the summer provides the perfect opportunity to do so. You already are a content expert, and you know how to work with students one-to-one, so summer tutoring is a perfect fit. Some teachers choose to advertise within their own schools and communities, while others look for online tutoring jobs.
  • Many teachers enjoy tutoring because it gives them a chance to break out of their curriculum and tutor in subjects they know and love but may not actually get to teach during the school year. Feel free to tap into your own skills and enjoy the freedom that summer tutoring offers, including flexible hours, individual or small-group lessons, and opportunities for more hands-on, real-world learning.

2. Take advantage of the sharing economy

  • One option for short-term summer employment that teachers may overlook is taking advantage of jobs in the sharing economy. With these sorts of jobs, you make use of your own skills and resources to earn some extra cash. You also enjoy the freedom of deciding how busy you want to be.
  • For example, some teachers choose to become Taskers for TaskRabbit because they are naturally organized, reliable people who have certain skills. Woodshop and engineering teachers are a perfect fit for General Handyman tasks, while other teachers run errands for clients. The beauty of TaskRabbit for teachers is that they easily pass the background checks because of the clearances they are required to obtain for teaching. Teachers also enjoy becoming Taskers because they get to choose their own rates and set their own schedules, which is something they cannot do as educators.
  • Another summer job that gets teachers involved in the sharing economy is boarding dogs As a sitter for, teachers provide a home away from home for dogs that is much more comfortable and friendly than a kennel while their owners are away on vacation. Teachers get to provide loving, personalized pet care while going about their daily lives and earning money at the same time.

3. Break free of the classroom

  • If you are a teacher who loves summer because it gives you an opportunity to break out of the classroom and get into nature, there are a variety of summer jobs available for you. City beaches, public pools, private clubs, and other areas that offer swimming often look for lifeguards or swimming instructors on a short-term basis. You may even want to look into lifeguarding for a resort or waterpark because these types of jobs often include discounts or passes for employees.
  • Another option for summer employment that would help you break free of the classroom is to become a dog walker. Dog walking does not require any certification or training like a lifeguard job does, and you can choose your clients and schedule. You’ll get to enjoy time in nature and time with dogs, both of which reduce stress and will help you enjoy your time off from the hectic school year even more.
  • There are several options available to teachers seeking short-term summer employment. If you consider your skills, your interests, and your resources, you are sure to find just the right summer job before you head back to the hustle and bustle of the classroom in the fall.

Joyce Wilson

  • Joyce loved being a teacher, and though she has recently retired, she hasn’t lost that passion. She continues to educate (and help educators) by mentoring teachers in her area. She is also the co-creator of, a resource for teachers to gather fun, engaging lesson ideas and activities.
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