Summer Gigs Perfect for Teachers

April 18, 2019

We understand that many teachers spend their summer breaks not taking a break at all. Between taking professional development courses, attending district and school meetings, and planning for the upcoming school year, many educators are pretty busy during the summer. But if you find that you have time on your hands and want to make some extra cash this summer, there are scores of summer gigs to consider for which teachers are uniquely qualified. Plus, with summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start seriously looking.

Work at a Summer Camp

Taking a part- or full-time job at a seasonal camp will help you continue the momentum of the school year, all while earning extra income. You can search sites like Indeed and Monster for summer camp counselor gigs, and the blog Macaroni Kid wrangled camps in the southern metro-area for this comprehensive list, which only scratches the surface of all the warm-weather youth camps offered across the Front Range.

One of the best benefits of working at a summer camp is your precious weekends will still be free. In the case of Denver YMCA’s daytime camps, you don’t even have to leave town or do any overnight trips. The organization is always looking for qualified professionals who work with kids ages 5 through 12, and are available to work business hours Monday through Friday at one of the metro area’s eight locations (Arvada, Aurora, Wheat Ridge, Commerce City, Northglenn, Littleton, Denver, and Parker).

If you’re looking to get your hands in something new, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids. The national organization hosts summer camps for children ages 5 through 12 across the U.S. and, for the first time this year, it’s in Parker. Since the program is new, they’re likely looking for teachers who can help shape the curriculum. Meanwhile, teachers with a STEM background have more than a handful of options, like STEM programs offered through state universities. You can find them through Silicon STEM Academy’s website.

Colorado Academy also hosts three different summer camps for three different age groups on its 94-acre campus, and is looking to hire several positions for summer 2019, from arts and crafts teacher to counselor to swim instructor. The camp runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 through August 2.

Coach a Sports Team

You don’t have to be Bud Black to teach kids how to play ball. If you played a sport in school, you might be qualified to coach youngsters.

U.S. Sports Camps is one of the largest sports camp companies in the world, with hundreds of camps throughout the U.S. in 18 sports, from gymnastics to baseball. Their camps serve junior and little league-aged children, all the way up to the collegiate level. You can search their website by zip code and/or sport to see what’s available in your area and field of expertise.

Locally, many elementary, middle, and high schools are in need of year-round, seasonal, and substitute coaches. High Altitude Tennis, for example, is looking for part-time coaches to teach half-days at its 11-week-long camp this summer.

Become a Part-Time Tutor

If you’re a teacher, you already know how to be a tutor which is why finding part-time or one-off tutoring gigs is a great idea for extra cash flow. Sites like Tutor.com require some straightforward testing to make sure you’re the real-deal; simply upload your résumé, take an exam, do a simple mock tutoring session, and pass a background check (all fairly easy if you’re already in the teaching game). The site facilitates subject-based tutoring, as well as test prep for exams ranging from AP courses to the LSAT. A website called Tutor Doctor also aggregates local opportunities for face-to-face tutoring onall subjects and for all age ranges. You can also look for gigs teaching English to English as a Second Language (ESL) students, as well as test preparation instructors.

The Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide organization, coordinates reading programs across the country, including Denver and Colorado Springs. They pay full-time summer teachers $7,000, and also have enrollment coordinator positions, which can be done remotely. Which leads us to...

Make Money from the Comfort of Your Home

Even teaching, a perennially face-to-face line of work, has been touched by the telecommuting fairies. The internet is home to countless virtual money-making opportunities for educators. You can teach by way of sites like eNotes.com, which hires educators who can help answer students’ questions on homework; and ETS, which hires educators to score tests online. There are also numerous virtual grading opportunities for qualified individuals.

Teachers Pay Teachers, on the other hand, uses a unique approach to its online marketplace: Instructors sell schoolwork and lesson plans to one another—allowing them to both make a buck and repurpose successful teaching tools. From reading comprehension worksheets to mathematics partner activities, this collection of coursework on any school subject and any grade pre-K through 12 is an excellent resource for all school teachers.

By harnessing their expertise, teachers have ample opportunity to make the gig economy work for them.