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About Mr. Jake

I'm a grade school teacher living in the Bay Area of California trying to make a living for my family and trying my best to give my students the tools to succeed in academics and in life.  

As cost of living has continued to rise nationwide, teacher salaries continue to stagnate.  This has led to a crisis in the education community as many teachers are not able to live in the communities that they work in and/or are forced out of the classroom into other roles or professions.  This leads to a lot of turn-over in the industry as well as a berth of experience in the classroom.

In my school, which is a public school, each teacher gets only $1000 to spend for all their supplies and curriculum for a school year and that is it.  This is common for most teachers who end up spending a lot of their own money or needing to spend a lot of time and energy on fundraising.

The most harmful part of the situation in the education field is that it has reached the point where it is no longer respected in our culture.  The disparity of salaries compared to other professions and the disparity of funding from local and nationally governments compared to other civil services expresses how much we value education and educators - very little.  

In looking for an alternate way to support myself, my family, and my students, I am also looking for a way to change how we as citizens show what we value as well as providing a new way for people to directly support educators.

Thank You!

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