Teacher working three jobs to afford living here

I’m a teacher and I moved from the Mainland to teach here on Maui. I took a giant pay cut moving here. I’ve always loved the islands and the keiki. I worked really hard to get here. I now work three jobs just so that I can afford to pay the outrageous rent here.

I’m a dedicated teacher. I’ve won educator of the month at my school. I work day and night for the children of this island. And yet, I’m always tired because I work 16-18 hour days just to pay rent. Things need to change. Raise the property taxes on vacation homes, give more money to schools.

Our keiki deserve better.

Jess Sill