Teacher’s pay in state below southern average

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By Sheridan Wall & Charlotte Bellotte LSU Manship School News Service

Danielle Couturier, an elementary teacher in suburban New Orleans, gets to school at 7 a.m. and often works on lesson plans until 10 p.m. But the 15-hour days are not enough to make ends meet. She also teaches summer school for extra pay.
Couturier, who has a master’s degree and 16 years of experience, makes $46,000 a year. After the first of her three children was born, she had to waitress on the weekends to earn more money.
“We put our blood sweat and tears and our whole hearts into this,” she said. “I don’t feel valued. I never have. But, I’m okay with that because that’s not why I do it.”


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