By Grace Ballenger
Editor in Chief
The holiday season is always a crazy time of year. But it doesn’t get any easier when school starts up again, as finals and end of term are fast approaching. It’s a stressful time of year for both students and teachers. Yet some teachers still manage to hold not one, but two jobs.
Mr. Scott O’Connor is one of the teachers at Holliston who works a second job in addition to teaching.
For Mr. O’Connor, who works as a tutor, bartender and a security guard at music festivals some summers, working serves a dual purpose. Mr. O’Connor stated that “I work because it helps pay the bills but I’d be bored if I wasn’t [working].”
Mr. O’Connor has “always worked through the summers, even [when he taught at] prep school.” However he started looking for second jobs after leaving the prep school that he used to teach at because he no longer had to balance some of the duties that he had at prep school and he had more time.
Mr. O’Connor said that his is able to fit the extra work into his schedule because he tries “to find jobs that coordinate with teaching.”
Although Mr. O’Connor acknowledges that teaching is his primary job, he also feels that he has the flexibility to pursue a second job because he isn’t married and doesn’t have young kids. He does, however, make an effort to keep his weekends free to spend with his daughter.
Mr. Glenn D’Avanzo is another teacher who works multiple jobs. He serves as co-owner of CrossFit Synergistics in Ashland. Mr. D’Avanzo works to plan all areas of gym life there, from ordering equipment to planning activities.
However Mr. D’Avanzo says that his most important role within the gym is “maintaining a community, knowing everything about the athletes [and] their families.”
“I felt like I was needed. I felt like the community needed a place to get healthy,” said Mr. D’Avanzo to explain why he opened the gym.
There were also other reasons why Mr. D’Avanzo decided to take on a second job. He acknowledges that the economics were a part of the decision stating that he knew it was necessary to take a second job “the day I started teaching 25 years ago. It’s always been necessary with a teacher’s salary.”
Mr. D’Avanzo believes that the extra money is necessary in part to pay for his son’s college education.
However, Mr. D’Avanzo does not let his second job take over his life. His second job has another co-owner and several employees who help to run the gym when Mr. D’Avanzo is teaching.
“My job outside of [school] is husband, father [and] little league coach. The business kind of runs itself,” states Mr. D’Avanzo firmly.
Other teachers, such as Ms. Shawna Frost, have second jobs on a more informal basis. Ms. Frost tutors students who are looking for a bit of SAT preparation or a way to brush up their English skills.
“I’ve been tutoring as long as I’ve been teaching,” says Ms. Frost but she adds that she isn’t “looking for opportunities to tutor. I don’t advertise, so [people usually hear about it] through word of mouth.”
Although Ms. Frost says that tutoring can often be hectic she explains that “I’m motivated to do it because I like helping people and I do like the extra money.” She also adds that she uses her tutoring money to help to pay for some of her children’s extracurricular activities.
Ms. Frost says that her goal when she tutors is not to “do the work for [her students],” and adds that she tries “to get them to the point where they can do it on their own next time.”
One thing seems to motivate all of the teachers in their second jobs: helping others. According to Mr. O’Connor, one of his favorite parts of his job as a security guard is “just keeping people safe. That’s rewarding.”
Mr. D’Avanzo also aims to help others through his job. He says that his favorite part of his job is “giving people their health back and changing lives.”