Meet Kory O’Rourke: a San Francisco resident, mom, Lyft driver, and a full time teacher. Kory started driving Lyft last year as a way to provide for her children. The salary she’s making as a teacher is not enough to get by and not enough for a professional.
Despite the hurdles in front of them, dedicated teachers do heroic work to bring a love of learning to their students. We are in awe of Kory, and all teachers like her, and we continue to be mad as hell that good teachers need second jobs.
And these issues are not just in San Francisco. Teachers all over the country take on second jobs—driving for Lyft, bartending, housekeeping, working in a warehouse overnight—just to make enough money to stay in the classroom. No wonder we’re seeing teacher shortages.
We hope Kory reminds you of the teachers who made you who you are today and we hope you join us in our indignation.
Kory’s film is kicking off our short film series about America’s teachers and their importance to our shared peace and prosperity. We’re debuting it today, her first day back at school. Please take a moment to watch Kory’s film and share her story with your community.