The daily life of a teacher is not easy. Teachers teach in school and prepare lessons at home.
Even though it is a great and important profession, not all teachers earn enough money to own a car. This grim reality has an impact on the teachers’ overall motivation as well as their level of job satisfaction.
Teachers are not paid well enough.
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A Los Angeles math instructor was fortunate to have appreciative and compassionate high school pupils who gave him a car with insurance and gas.
YULA Boys High School math teacher Julio Castro, 31, spent two hours traveling to work and another two hours returning home.
This was his daily reality.
He rode his scooter to the Santa Clarita bus stop, where he had a 90-minute bus ride to Century City ahead of him. He would once more ride his scooter to get to the school after getting off the bus. He occasionally missed the bus and had to wait an additional 30 minutes to an hour.
Despite his predicament, his students were extremely appreciative of his diligence and were aware of his difficulties with transportation.
His students felt bad for him.
“He made sure I understood all of the material by sitting down with me during his lunch breaks and sacrificing his time after school where he could be getting to the bus stop going back home,” Joshua Grendash, one of his grateful students, recalled.
Castro found the daily commute to be quite difficult, but this did not cause him to give up on his desire to become a teacher. Instead, he used it as inspiration to work harder and demonstrate to his kids that perseverance may eventually pay off.
He loves his profession more than anything.
“I made the best out of it,” the hardworking teacher shared. “I always told them, ‘When life doesn’t go your way, what do you do? Don’t cry about it. Don’t whine about it. Just be grateful for what you already have and then move on. And one day, some good things will happen.”
Indeed, he was right all along. The universe has a way of rewarding genuine and good people like him.
He was rewarded in the form of his students.
Castro’s students gave him a dark blue Mazda with complete leather seats, a beautiful sunroof, and a Bose audio system.
They bought their teacher a year’s worth of gasoline because they were aware of how expensive gasoline is these days. They also bought him car insurance, which offers financial security in the event of mishaps.
They went above and beyond.
With the aid of other organizations, including Galpin Motors and the non-profit The Change Reaction, the generous high school kids spent the whole summer raising almost $30,000.
“Now that I have a car, I get to drop off my kids every morning,” he thankfully remarked. “And then coming here with time to spare, I can use it on my lesson plans. Then on my way back, traffic is still bad, but I’ll be able to make it for dinner.”
He truly deserves it all!