By Rachel Wells
Apollo After School helped me achieve a work/life balance after years without one. After 10 years as a public school teacher, my whole world changed once I had my own children at home. Going back to my kindergarten classroom full time after having my first daughter 3 years ago was hard. I missed her when I went to work, and I missed my students when I went home. I felt overwhelmed, and like I couldn’t give my best to either my own children or my students.
When I found out I was expecting my second daughter a year and a half later, I knew something had to change. I wanted to be home with my daughters, but didn’t want to give up on my passion for working with children. Then a job opportunity showed up for Apollo After School, and it was one of the best part time jobs for moms. I immediately sent in my application. I knew Apollo After School was the opportunity I needed to fulfill my desire to have a balance in my home and professional life.
The kids and parents at Apollo After School are amazing and thoroughly excited to find out what each days club activity will be. Without the pressures of paperwork and testing, teachers at Apollo get to teach students and have fun at the same time. Students learn best when they are active participants in their learning, and at Apollo that’s just what they do.
Working at Apollo After School, I feel like I can give complete attention to my daughters at home, and complete attention to my professional work as well. For the first time, since my oldest was born, I feel like I can juggle it all, and that everyone is getting the best me that I can give. If that doesn’t sound like one of the best part time jobs for moms, I don’t know what does.
The schedule that Apollo After School offers is an ideal situation for anyone looking for part time work with a set predictable schedule. You can spend your mornings at home, and then work a few hours each afternoon/evening.
Working on a school year schedule has many perks, including having holidays and breaks off when your own children do. Also, your part time work is only during the weekdays, never on the weekends, further helping you achieve a work and life balance. For moms like me this is a huge bonus.
Let’s be honest, going from full time to part time work can be a little frightening financially, especially when you are just starting a family. Apollo by far was the best paying part time position I found, and I did a lot of searching. Teachers at Apollo are not babysitting, they are teaching during after school hours, and the good pay reflects that.
Working for Apollo, I have been able to provide much needed income for my family while being able to stay home with my daughters. It has been the perfect solution for my family. I am getting paid to do something that I am passionate about, what more could you ask for?
Sometimes you have to think and search outside of the box to make your hopes a reality. It is possible to find a work/home balance as a teacher and parent. Apollo After School has provided me the balance I desperately desired by being one of the best part time jobs for moms. I absolutely love the time that I have with my daughters while growing my professional career. I truly enjoy my work. The saying goes that if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. Currently, this is exactly how I feel. I have two jobs, I am a mom and a teacher, and I feel completely present in both. Apollo before and after school programs have given me a chance to feel balanced with an amazing schedule, and an opportunity to provide for my family both emotionally, physically, and financially.