Mark is a 66-year-old recently retired middle school science school teacher that had been teaching for over 40 years. He has plenty to do in retirement, including taking care of his new grandson every Friday and participating in a hiking group every Tuesday. However, he still finds that the feeling of connecting with and empowering young people is important to him. Last year, Mark started to teach two Proximity Learning middle school level science classes that worked with his schedule. This flexibility still leaves him free to spend time with family and allows him to pick up new hobbies while also connecting with a new generation of students and helping them fall in love with science.
Riley is a 29-year-old avid world traveler. After graduating from college, they taught high school social studies for a few years, before deciding to commit to a lifestyle that allowed them to see the world. They left their in-class teaching job and began looking for remote work opportunities that would enable them to make an income from anywhere in the world that had an internet connection. Riley now teaches six Proximity Learning social studies classes in different schools across the United States each week, often teaching from different countries and exposing students to parts of the world that they haven’t seen or heard of. Riley loves experiencing new places and cultures and then incorporating those new experiences into their social studies lesson plans.
Olivia is a 34-year-old teacher with two children, including one newborn daughter. She has taught high school English since graduating from college with an English Literature degree but felt the need to step away from teaching once her second child arrived. It wasn’t an easy decision - she loved teaching students about classic literature and it was great having two incomes for the family. Olivia began exploring remote-teaching opportunities and found that her biggest priorities were choosing a schedule that worked for her and having a teaching community that she could talk about English Literature with. She now teaches three high school English classes through Proximity Learning, allowing her to stay home, make extra income, join a new community focused on enrichment and shared ideas, and be there for her two children.
Melissa is a 48-year old military spouse, former IT professional, and former elementary teacher. Although she is currently stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Melissa is used to frequently changing locations due to her wife’s assignments - sometimes to states across the country. Looking for a consistent income that could follow her anywhere and build off of her existing comfort with video calls, Melissa decided to look for live instruction teaching opportunities after having taught elementary school before beginning her career in IT. She joined Proximity Learning and picked up elementary school classes that matched her schedule, enabling her to make additional income while abroad and continue applying her love of technology to her job.