Man ditches teacher job to go work at Walmart, doesn’t regret it and explains why

Seth Goshorn, 28, made the difficult choice to leave his position as a teacher and work for Walmart. The northeast Ohio resident posted his story on TikTok. He can be seen holding Walmart’s blue uniform in a video in a manner similar to how sportsmen hold up their team jerseys on draft day. Goshorn’s video is only six seconds long, but it seems to have caught people’s attention. “Leaving teaching after 6 years to go be a manager at Walmart and make more not using my degree,” the caption says. The post received over 810K views.

Goshorn admitted to “Good Morning America” that he “absolutely” loves teaching but that he changed occupations in order to earn a bigger wage, especially since he plans to soon start a family with his fiance. “The compensation,” he explained. “It was a lot better than I think people are used to and what people would expect.”

According to Goshorn, the chance for advancement at Walmart is greater than at his old job. He added: “You don’t have to go and get another degree or more initials or letters in front of your name to move up.” Goshorn claims to make around $55,000 a year as a stocking 2 coach at a Walmart location in Massillon, Ohio. Walmart confirmed this figure to “GMA.”

After working for five and a half years in school, first as a reading tutor in a lower-paid district and then as a second-grade teacher in what he called a “middle [to] upper” paying district, it was an improvement for him. According to Goshorn, his salary as a teacher at Plain Local Schools in Stark County, Ohio, last year was $43,000. The district admitted to “GMA” that the average pay for primary school teachers is $43,896 to $83,766.

Goshorn’s mission was to reveal all the hard work that teachers put into their work, but they ended up not being appreciated. He emphasized the fact that the country is amid a huge teacher shortage and significant educator burnout because of the lockdown situation.

“There’s a misconception that we only work six or nine months out [of] a year,” he added, focusing on the fact that teachers often spend many extra hours grading assignments, creating lesson plans, and doing other work-related tasks.

“Think about how good our teachers can be if they could focus on just teaching and not have to work a second job on the weekends,” he noted, explaining that he held his teaching position while also working in summer schools and coaching two sports. “They chose to be a teacher because they’re passionate about it. They didn’t choose to have to work a second job that comes along with it, and that’s the thing that I would have loved to see go away.”

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Although he will no longer be teaching full-time, he said he still intends to keep and renew his teaching license. The man doesn’t discourage others from pursuing careers in education. “I absolutely don’t want this to be that I’m just trying to discourage anybody from becoming a teacher,” he said. “That’s not the case. I just want my teacher friends to be paid as they should be.”

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Editors Note: Teachers who have off during the summer are not obligated to do any work on anything at all. Teachers are also not required to work one second after the bell rings. They are not required to grade papers at home. They do this because they want to and it is probably the stupidest thing teachers could do. Teachers should be done for the day the moment their day ends at work, but many of them decide to WORK FOR FREE on their own time. That is THEIR OWN FAULT for doing this and they need to stop doing this immediately. What if classwork doesn’t get graded? Oh well. Teachers are NOT required to do this at home and work for free, so stop doing it.


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7 Comments

  1. What about the three month vacation.

    1. HA<HA_______Now that is funny. My son has had 7 weeks. School ends late and starts back earlier every year. This year is Aug 1st. Now lets start at week 5. He is expected to start cleaning his room, paint the walls from all the penis pictures that has been drawn on the walls and cover all the other graffiti. He has to make a list of things and go shopping,—using his own money , or Dads. That's right, teachers are expected to have bulletin boards that are school standards, posters, or associated materials on the walls. Kleenex, pencils for students whose parents refuse to send them with materials. Because if they do not have a pencil to take a test or paper work,—It's your fault. Not to mention special folders or notebooks for students to do work which all comes out of the teachers pocket. So, i don't know what planet you came from, but you don't have a clue.

      It's you fault

    2. Or he can move to NY

      this would never happen in NY. And i guess his wife will cover him on his medical insurance? Pension?

      yes walmart offers these at some point, but the pension and health care benefits for teachers in NYS far outweigh any other employer and it is not even close

      Would never happen in most states

  2. The editor has no idea what a teacher does,,they have to bring home their work. Why, because there is no time to do it at school. There is no time to go to the bathroom or eat lunch. Oh, you get to inhale a bite in say 20 min. You see your kids to lunch and run like hell to the bathroom while at the same time eating a sandwich, to make it back on time in your classroom. The teacher have to account for just about every minute of the day. and where does this person says they get to go home when the bell rings. There is bus duty, pick up your room and teacher meetings. Or parent /teacher meetings that might be after school or run late pass the day. Oh, lets not forget the planning for all the now required end of year testing. There is no job, that pressures a person like a teacher. So, this person doesn’t know squat what teachers do.

    1. JoJoMotion says:

      Right on, Mike! The editor apparently has not read the “and other duties” clause of every teaching contract. I was “required” to attend graduation ceremonies two days after school was out for summer, on a Saturday, at 8 pm, which would have also required me to pay for the gas AND parking to attend. No offer from the school to compensate in any way for that. The editor’s note is total BS.

    2. they have to bring home their work. Why, because there is no time to do it at school.
      — no teachers are not required to take anything home. If it doesn’t get done during prep time, then it doesn’t get done. Teachers need to stop working for free at home.

      There is no time to go to the bathroom or eat lunch. Oh, you get to inhale a bite in say 20 min.
      — yes there is. if you can’t find 30 seconds to urinate, that’s bad time management on you. plus you can always ask the teacher next door to keep an eye on students if you need to take a leak. teachers do this all the time. You also get a legally provided 45 minute lunch that is to be uninterrupted. you should know this because a union rep will beat it down the throat of any principal asking you to work during lunch.

      There is bus duty, pick up your room and teacher meetings. Or parent /teacher meetings that might be after school or run late pass the day. Oh, lets not forget the planning for all the now required end of year testing. There is no job, that pressures a person like a teacher. So, this person doesn’t know squat what teachers do.
      — not every teacher is on bus duty. there isn’t meetings every day. PD is like once a month, if that, on those random half days or sometimes a full day.

      Dude, planning for testing? You and I both know these tests are pointless. There is nothing to plan. You’re not allowed to do anything while proctoring these tests. You’re only allowed to hand them out, collect them, and give them back to the person locking them up at night. There is literally nothing to prep for other than knowing what movie to watch after these lame tests.

  3. When teachers decided to unionize, and school boards/PTAs stopped requesting parental participation, this is the result. Teachers earned what has become of this so-called ‘profession’, when they unionized, and, they destroyed the original intent and mission of ‘unions’, ‘education’ and ‘parenting’.

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