Macon Teacher Makes Big Bucks on Lesson Plans
A career in teaching isn't known for being one that will earn you a lot of money. But one teacher in Macon is raking in big bucks selling her lessons online.
Martin Savidge visited the Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Macon and when he stepped into the class room of Deanna Jump, he quickly realized two things. She loves to teach and like many teachers, she's really good at it.
Yet, for most of her 17-years in the classroom, she and her husband, also a teacher, struggled financially.
"Like probably 90 percent of the teachers in America I was juggling bills like, okay, I can pay the electricity bill this week and I've got seven more days before they turn off the water." Said Savidge.
But she loved her job and kept coming up with fun and creative ways to teach, like using apples and worms.
"It's just a pictorial way to display data."
Or scarecrows for math and something called ‘chit chat’ for reading comprehension.
"And then I say Chit Chat and the kids say, okay!"
Her little ideas might never have left her classroom were it not for a chance conversation with another teacher.
"And she said your stuff is so good, you have got to get in on Teachers Pay Teachers. I said, I don't even know what Teacher Pays Teacher is…"
Teachers pay teachers is a website that allows teachers to sell their ideas to one another. Savidge spoke via Skype to T-P-T's founder a former teacher, now living in France.
"We operate an online market place sort of like eBay or XE where teachers, now over none-point-one million of them, can buy sell and share their original teaching ideas and resources with each other."
in most cases, the units cost from five to eight dollars a pop, which hardly seems like a get rich quick formula.
Jump said, "The first year, I made 300 dollars…"
But one teacher told another, then another and soon Jump's ideas like, ‘Fun on the Farm’ or ‘Where's my Mummy?’ were hits. At last count, she has sold over 161-thousand units.
No one's been more shocked than Jump's husband Ed, a college professor of finance and marketing no less.
Jump says the money hasn't changed her. She still goes to school every day in her Kia, but she no longer worries about bills. And every day she shows up in classrooms far beyond central Georgia.
"Spain, which was like wow! Africa, I got an email from a lady in Africa who was using my stuff, Canada…."
She's got notebooks of ideas still to come and says other teachers could easily do what she's done and hopes they do.