How to Use Summer Break to Get Ready for the New School Year

Hopefully, you started summer off with some rest and relaxation. Once you’re feeling recharged, it’s time to start thinking about the new school year. Here are some ways to use summer break to get ahead of the game.

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Summer Jobs for Teachers

Summer is not one long, glamorous vacation, but a time that teachers hone their craft through professional development and earn extra income to help supplement their salaries.

As one teacher put it, “I worked...for years, student teaching, taking classes, trying to work at the same time when I could (I mostly couldn't) and I earned my position. … It's hard when I stay after school to work. It's hard when I think about my kids all the time and design lessons. It's hard when I think about our bills and the fact that I just can't contribute to the family in a way that makes me feel like I'm doing something. I have to get a second job.”

Teaching can be a thankless job, that often requires teachers to do more than they already do. Are you one of the many teachers needing to work a summer job to help make ends meet? You’re not alone. That is why we found these 5 jobs that teachers are choosing to do this summer, to help you get started on your hunt.

1. Nanny

We know you love kids and you do well working with them. Why not continue this trend. Many working parents are often without childcare over the summer. Camps and daycare can get expensive for multiple children. So parents hire summer nannies, and who better than someone who is already trusted with children? Hourly rates can range from $10-$20 and many parents will pay for gas (if you’re driving the kids) and provide you with at least one meal with the kids. A summertime job where you’re only looking after 2-4 kids, get to spend time outside, and can make over $200 a week?! We say go for it.

2. Camp Counselor

Staying along the lines of working with kids, summer camps are abundant! Being a camp counselor was a great job in high school and college, so why not continue? You could even be an administrator/director, instead of a direct counselor. You are still around kids, and you can work with friends in a fun environment. There’s so much more variety in this job too, from swimming to arts & crafts, sports, and maybe even some educational lessons. “Teachers often make excellent camp counselors, because they’re experienced. They can have a fun summertime, but they know how to manage groups and keep kids interested.”


ESL (English as a second language) teachers are highly sought after all around the world. These sites are online, you can make your own hours, and do as little or as much as you want. Either groups or 1-on-1 learning is available, and many teachers have said that this is a great supplemental income that has helped them.

4. Server

If you want a break from children, this could be a great option, with great money, and something to even continue during the school year. More servers or bartenders are always wanted during summer months, nearly everywhere, it is vacation season after all. And with your people-friendly demeanor that working with kids gets you, making great tips shouldn’t be a problem! Plus you could always keep one shift a weekend (or more!) if you wanted during the school year, because extra cash is never a bad thing! 

5. Teach!

We know you may have raised an eyebrow at this one. But in many large districts, 40% of students still attend school-sponsored programs over the summer! Which means that summer school teachers are needed. If you love what you do, why not stay in practice, and work with kids that need you. There are plenty of options that you could try over the summer (or during school) to make some extra cash. Find something that you enjoy, so the extra hours don’t weight too hard!

If you're interested in more summer job ideas and want to know where to find them, check out them out here.


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