SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Teacher posts annual salary on social media, addresses pay debate

During the nationwide outrage and protests over teacher pay, one Valley second grade teacher decided to post her pay ...

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 8:16 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 8:16 PM

During the nationwide outrage and protests over teacher pay, one Valley second grade teacher decided to post her pay stub to raise the question, is it enough?

"I absolutely love seeing kids engaged and learning," said Elisabeth Milich, who teaches second grade at Whispering Wind Academy.

While she loves teaching, Milich said she could never do it without her husband's second income. To illustrate the point, she decided to post her annual salary to Facebook.

Milich makes about $35,490 per year. That works out to $639 bi-weekly after taxes and health care for her family is taken out.

"The reality has set in with this state that if you did not have spousal support or somebody else subsidizing your income you could not live on the salary teachers are paid in this state," said Milich.

That reality and a line she heard recently from Governor Doug Ducey prompted her to speak out.

"Our teacher pay last year went up 4.4 percent to an average teacher pay of $48,000. Now that's not enough," Gov. Ducey told KTAR radio this week.

Elisabeth's raise for next year falls well short of that, she says.

Her pay stub projects she will make $131 more next year, and that's only because she took 60 hours of professional development classes. Her salary after seven years of teaching in Arizona is also $13,000 below Governor Ducey's claim for the average.

"I don't know who they're talking about," said Elisabeth, referring to the state's stats on teacher pay. "Because I know what I live. I see my printout. And I can't tell you how many hundreds of teachers have said mine looks exactly like that."

Governor Ducey has said the money available for teacher pay is up 9 percent since 2015.

Huntsville/Redstone
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 52°
Muscle Shoals
Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 58°
Huntsville/Madison
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
Decatur
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 53°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 51°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 491110

Reported Deaths: 9831
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson706291356
Mobile35894721
Madison32255442
Tuscaloosa23996409
Montgomery22462494
Shelby21820215
Baldwin19670274
Lee14900150
Morgan13599249
Calhoun13175285
Etowah13143319
Marshall11226206
Houston10048259
Elmore9337183
Limestone9335134
Cullman8869179
St. Clair8783220
Lauderdale8581210
DeKalb8429174
Talladega7481163
Walker6504251
Jackson6477102
Autauga620389
Blount6086125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5230102
Dale4621106
Russell401831
Franklin397876
Covington3956106
Chilton384298
Escambia377172
Tallapoosa3572141
Clarke342949
Dallas3397141
Chambers3392108
Pike293071
Lawrence281384
Marion280894
Winston246166
Bibb244260
Geneva238670
Marengo233354
Pickens223954
Barbour209951
Hale208868
Fayette199756
Butler195165
Henry182041
Cherokee176438
Monroe165938
Randolph163140
Washington156634
Crenshaw143554
Clay143354
Macon140943
Cleburne136839
Lamar131732
Lowndes130648
Wilcox120825
Bullock116336
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98431
Coosa87823
Greene87032
Choctaw54823
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 770940

Reported Deaths: 11321
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby867941476
Davidson81042849
Knox45328573
Hamilton40069459
Rutherford38014377
Williamson25081202
Sumner21216315
Montgomery17269209
Out of TN1676593
Wilson16258211
Unassigned15676125
Sullivan14239273
Blount13959178
Bradley12775138
Washington12693232
Maury12158160
Sevier11930161
Putnam10566168
Madison10065228
Robertson8901118
Hamblen7972161
Anderson7922156
Greene7270145
Tipton6908101
Coffee6281114
Gibson6174140
Dickson6169103
Cumberland6092120
Carter5938152
McMinn589190
Roane584496
Bedford5771117
Loudon564865
Jefferson5605117
Lawrence555181
Warren530375
Monroe529290
Dyer5225101
Hawkins520794
Franklin470884
Fayette464771
Obion435994
Rhea412973
Lincoln411761
Cocke396892
Marshall389254
Cheatham386844
Campbell379159
Weakley377859
Giles371795
Henderson361473
Carroll347081
Hardeman338064
Macon335573
White335066
Hardin330462
Lauderdale309642
Henry299275
Marion290942
Wayne286730
Scott285842
Overton283957
Claiborne275667
McNairy265852
Haywood264560
Hickman263640
DeKalb261849
Smith254236
Grainger241546
Trousdale238522
Morgan228837
Fentress228544
Johnson215938
Chester200647
Bledsoe198610
Crockett197147
Unicoi179947
Polk174622
Cannon174129
Union169931
Lake167526
Grundy167330
Sequatchie154525
Decatur153237
Humphreys152021
Benton150039
Lewis146425
Meigs125621
Jackson125034
Stewart123324
Clay106530
Perry102827
Houston102431
Moore94016
Van Buren79120
Pickett74723
Hancock49312

Community Events