In it, the 32-year-old described her financial woes and said: 'Why am I leaving? I am being forced to make a decision between the absolute love of teaching and living up to my potential to support myself.
‘Since graduating from college, I have been fortunate enough to focus on my work, and ignore my stagnant income by living with my parents.’
According to Webb, she is unable to live on her own because ‘I simply cannot support myself comfortably with my current income.’
She wrote: ‘When I started teaching in the Palm Beach County School District a decade ago, I made $33,830. Today, I make $43,239.’
Minus ‘taxes, insurance, union dues, and retirement deductions,’ Webb claimed she gets $27,800 in take-home earnings.
A Florida woman’s letter explaining why she is leaving her job as a teacher after ten years has become an online sensation.
Equestrian Trails Elementary teacher Megan Webb’s piece was published by the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday.
Equestrian Trails Elementary in Wellington, Florida, is pictured in this photograph
She wrote: 'I bring home a little over $2,000 each month.
'In Palm Beach County, where the average apartment rental is $1,338, and after the cost of basic utilities (approx. $190), a car payment (with a modest lease, approx. $250), and car insurance (approx. $100), that would leave around $200 a month for food, gas, cell phone, and any other expenses.
‘Could I count my pennies, and scrape by? Barely. But what kind of life is that?’
Webb explained: ‘I haven’t lost my passion. I’ve just lost my ability to turn a blind eye to the impact that my salary has on my life outside the confines of my classroom.’
An editor’s note from the newspaper said that she ‘is taking a yearlong leave of absence to pursue a new career’.
PA MI QUE KE CON $ 27,800.OO FUERA DE POLVO Y PAJA LE AJUSTARIA SI CAMBIARA SU FORMA DE GASTAR Y COMO MAESTRA SOLO VA A ENCONTRAR TRABAJOS EN RETAIL O DE MESERA