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Even today I have money taken out of my salary by the teachers' credit
union equivalent to pay over the summer, so that I am making "forced
savings". This summer I am working for a local theater as a costumer
designer/seamstress, and although it doesn't pay much, it is still
$3,000. Summer jobs are always scarce, but you can find art related/or
teaching related jobs.(Summer school, art camps). I preferred those
over the years because I felt they made me a better "reader" of kids in
the long run. I would always be wary of taking jobs that I would be
working "along with" or "under" students that I could be teaching...i.e.
supermarket, retail jobs. I felt it would blurr the line when I got back
into the classroom. I also felt it would somehow "diminish" my stature
as a teacher in the community if they saw me folding jeans at the GAP.