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Hello,

I am still a number of years away from retirement as a teacher but I have had an idea running in my head for a while and wanted to see if anyone has any opinions or experience.  it is very common for teachers to become substitutes when they retire.  this allows them to make some money and avoid using some of their retirement for awhile.  Often they begin retiring in the school district they taught in.  I would like to travel around the US once I retire and I figure if i am going to be a substitute, why substitute in the same area i have lived for 30 years?  So my thought has been for my wife and I (she is an english teacher) to live in a 5th wheel and go to different parts of the country and live there for 3 or 4 months and substitute to make extra money and yet be able to explore areas.  i would like to visit areas that have a number of smaller towns or cities within 60 miles or something of each other so i have options to substitute often if i wanted.  My wife would do the same or being and English teacher she could teach online.   

Anyway, I am wondering if this seems like something that could be a possibility for retirement?  What would the cost, i realize depending on area, of a monthly RV spot in a park cost?  What else am I not thinking of?

Anyway, any thoughts would be helpful

thank you

Garry 

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Partial year income taxes are usually pretty straight forward. I would think meeting any requirements for teaching certifications and getting any prerequisite background checks done might be a bigger hassle.

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You need to check out teaching requirements that would be needed.  I would guess each state has different ones.  It sounds like a fantastic idea though.  Good luck.

As to a monthly RV park rate it depends on many things such as location and amenities.  For a basic in a small town I would say $350 and up.

You're on the Escapees site and they have very reasonable parks to stay.

https://www.escapees.com/benefits/rv-parking/

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The other part of the question is, would school districts be willing to hire a substitute teacher who was only planning to be available for a few months before moving on to the next community or state? I suspect the answer to that would depend upon how difficult it is for that district to find qualified substitutes. I have known quite a few retired teachers who substitute and even one retired engineer who does but none of them travel around during the school year. I would state by asking at the district office where you now work to see if they would consider someone from another state who was doing as you hope to do. They probably could at least give some advice. 

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Yes, substitute teaching is one of the things working RVers do. The requirements for being a substitute are quite lax. Since you have teaching credentials and experience, you are already ahead of the pack. You'll likely need to have background checks done, but if you are an upstanding citizen, that shouldn't be a problem. Once you are set up with a school district, you may be able to spend time in various communities, all within that district. For example, in the Kenai Peninsula school district (in Alaska) the district includes Seward, Soldotna, and Homer--it's about 165 miles from Seward to Homer, with those two towns being on opposite sides of the peninsula. The biggest problem that I've heard about is that substitute teachers are in such high demand that the RVers tend to end up working more than they intended. As to campground costs, some RVers combine substitute teaching with doing "work in exchange for an RV site" deal, so they aren't paying out of pocket.

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My wife and I are retired educators. We do pretty well on living off our pension. We spend a little more then the pension, but we sold our house and banked the proceeds and draw from that when we need to. We still have a BCBS PPO insurance through the state. And SS will kick in in 3 more years. So then we should be banking money every month. 
With what is happening in the world today, why would you want to take the Chance and expose yourself to Covid? I know the states say that they need to reduce class sizes, but not sure if any could afford it. As it would require hiring a ton more teachers and expanding all of there schools. 

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Last winter I hired on as a spare school bus driver in the S. Texas area. The school district was so short on drivers, that they invested CDL training, medical exam and the hiring process to hire me. I told them I was only in the area for 3 months as a winter Texan but they were having the bus superintendent covering the spare driver position. I do plan to return next winter for another 3 month stay and hope to rehire again as a spare driver.  Two 3 hr shifts/day that paid $15/hr + benefits and no state income tax. We volunteered 12/hr/week each at a nearby RV resort that also that included a free site. It was a neat experience!

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thank you for the great information....i am not really worried about requirements.  the little bit of research i have done, many states dont even require any type of license so i am confident with our background. I think as gjhunter01 said, schools are desperate for subs in any capacity so being in an area for a limited time shouldnt be a big deal.   i can see the income tax thing being an issue some.  i would hope to just substitute for 5 or so years to give my SS more time before i take it out.  I like what Coleen mentioned about maybe some type of deal for "housing" in an RV park with the school districts.  I teach in a school district with 5 high schools or 2000+ students in each and we are desperate for subs so i would think smaller communities are just as bad if not worse so they maybe open to experience teachers being willing to help out. 

but i still have 13 years to prepare and research 

thank you

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Some schools hire through temp staffing agencies. With those, you work for the agency, not the school district. Use a national agency, and it cuts your paperwork immensely. They also, I believe, issue one W-2, that covers multiple assignments.

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Heck, if RNs can make a nice living by traveling, there must be a way for teachers to do it too.

NOW, if only I can figure out to make a living in my RV as a contractor/fabricator/welder.  Takes so many tools and equipment and I dont have an HDT.

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A company called Westat hires retired teaching to do testing in the schools and pay for your travel.   NAEP is the project.  You do that have to be a licensed educator.

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