Thursday Jun 14 2012
Not all teachers catch a break during summer
By: Justin A. Lawson, Journal staff writer
An estimated one in five instructors takes on second job
Dan Gayaldo may be the most sharply dressed laundry attendant. He can sometimes be found at Dan & Dwayne?s Laundromat in Rocklin wearing a yellow button-down shirt with a tie and black slacks as he pushes a broom or tends to a broken washing machine. Gayaldo doesn?t just dress up for his family-owned coin-op, though. It?s usually the first or last stop of his day after he?s done with his regular job as principal at Del Oro High. ?I think it grounds me a lot of times to come here and put the broom in my hand, the mop in my hand, swab the toilets, fix the washing machines, whatever needs to get done,? Gayaldo said. ?It gets old after a while but it?s fun and then people see me in a different context. Students or parents and families will come in and say, ?Mr. Gayaldo??? Gayaldo is just one of the many teachers nationwide who have second jobs. An estimated one in five teachers have second jobs, according to the Association of American Educators. The reasons range from boosting income to paying for their children?s college education to hobbies or, as in Gayaldo?s case, a family heirloom. His dad built the building the coin-op is located in on Pacific Street in 1948 where they ran a restaurant. The laundry was put in during the 1950s and Gayaldo and his brother took over ownership in 1988. ?My dad just said this will help pay for your children?s college education,? Gayaldo said. And it has. He had three children in college at the same time and the laundry helped bridge the gap between the average Placer County teacher?s salary of about $50,000 and college tuition. Mike Gardetto, a math teacher at Placer High, found himself in need of some extra income after his wife, also a teacher, dropped down to part-time to stay at home with their two kids. ?I had 60 days in the summertime and I started thinking about how I could supplement my income,? Gardetto said. Gardetto combined two of his passions for a perfect mix: teaching and tennis. While he played on the Roseville High varsity tennis team, he was also a tennis instructor with the City of Roseville?s recreation department. He went on to play collegiately at Sierra College and then briefly at UC Davis. Now Gardetto is an instructor at Sun City Lincoln where he teaches the 55-and-older crowd how to hit a backhand three to four days a week during the summer. ?My dad always told me when you?re a teacher you?re not going to make too much money and there?s always opportunity for some side jobs,? Gardetto said. ?A lot of teachers sell real estate, some are professional gardeners, some teach at Sierra in the summertime.? Gardetto also picks up some extra income as a teacher at Sierra during the school year where he teaches a math class. During the school year Gardetto teaches tennis one day a week during the spring and fall. Gayaldo opens the laundry four days a week and closes it two nights a week. Occasionally he?ll receive a phone call at school about a broken change machine or some other emergency and take a 15-minute break to run down to the laundry. Gayaldo?s brother sold his share of the business about four years ago to his nephew and eventually Gayaldo will look to the do the same. ?Especially with two of us sharing the profits, it?s not something that could sustain us as a livelihood, but it?s definitely something that?s a huge help,? Gayaldo said.