STOKES COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A former University of North Carolina at Wilmington student, who now teaches in Stokes County, posted a photo of his paycheck on Facebook earlier this month to bring awareness to teacher pay in North Carolina.
The post, in which Nick Cols talks about how his take home pay last month was $1,715.81, which he said roughly equals $53 a day, has been shared more than 1,300 times.
In his tenth year of teaching, Cols said he loves it, the school he works at, and the children he teaches but feels the pay is not enough.
"I want you to know that I am roughly being paid $53 a day to educate your child. If you divide that by eight hours, the amount a great deal of people think I work which in actual reality is nowhere near the amount I work," Cols explained. "I will be making $6.69 an hour. In my state, North Carolina, the minimum wage is currently $7.70."
Cols said educators are hurting in the State of North Carolina. School systems across the state are shutting down on May 16 as a show of solidarity amongst teachers. Cols said for him to even attend this event, he would have to take a personal day which would reduce his check by $75, an amount he cannot afford.
"I want you to see what the people who are educating your children are being paid. The people who are writing Letters of Recommendation. The people who are giving them the tools to achieve things that most never thought possible. The people who give themselves daily to wide swaths of kids," Cols said in his Facebook post. "The people who love your child regardless of their age, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or any other difference under the sun. The people who are there, caring, day in and day out, who love, LOVE, what they do, and who they do it for."
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