GPSN knows that teachers can feel underappreciated and overwhelmed at times, especially when faced with working in a high cost city like Los Angeles. That's why we were excited to support Equitas Public Schools' signing bonus program, which both recognizes high performing, mid-career teachers and helps them adjust to life in Los Angeles.
The signing bonus helped Melissa Lawrence move from New Jersey to teach at Equitas Academy #2 in the heart of Koreatown near downtown. Melissa walks to her job every day and said the stereotypes about L.A. being a difficult city to live in haven't been true for her. Instead, she said, she's able to concentrate on the most important parts of her job.
"The signing bonus and easy commute and support that I get here means that I can just be a teacher, I can focus on what's doing best for my kids," she said.