I'm thinking it is time for me to hang it up! Just a few questions........How old were you when you retired and how many years did you teach? Did anyone retire from teaching and then work another job? If so, what job?

I was 60 and had taught for 38 and a half years. I then taught 5 semesters at a university and 4 years as a literacy coach in an inner city. Now... done!

I was 63 when I retired and taught for 30 years. Grandson was born 6 months after I retired. Our daughter went back to work when he was 6 months old and we "babysat". Best job ever!

I retired at 60 after 21 years teaching. I started teaching after staying home with our children for 10 years. I've been retired now for 6 years. I don't want another job.

I retired at 59 after 37 years of teacher. I am not interested in working another job, but I do like to "pay it forward" by volunteering for various groups when they need help.

I have subbed the last two years, but only for the 2 6th grade teachers that were in my team. My husband and I have run the district-wide state testing for the past 2 years (because we know how to run the technology and understand its foibles). That involves about 6 weeks. It gives me a little "pin money."

I retired in 2016...62 years old with 39 years in. No working now...just travel, grandchildren, reading, book club, walking, and cooking healthy with my favorite Food Network chefs (Ina, Valerie, Trisha, Giana)...love it all.

Retired at 60 with 22.5 years of service. Subbed for a couple of years. Have no interest of another full-time job. I keep very busy with grandkids and sewing.

I retired at 58 after 25 years. I worked for 37 years (I was in another career before education), and that was enough for me.

My husband retired from an IT job in January. He now has two part time jobs (one retail and the other at a performing arts venue) and enjoys both of them.

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I was 62 with about 38 years in education. I never considered working after that but now stay busier than ever with writing, grandchildren, volunteering, interest meetings, and courses, etc. Staying healthy after retirement takes up more of one's time!

I was 57 ( turned 58 that July) with 33 years teaching. I was offered a part time job with my district as a literacy support teacher/coach. 3 days a weeks with flexible days and hours. I have done it for three years. I plan to do it this year again and then hang it up. That will be enough for me, plus I plan to collect SS. I also volunteer at a no kill cat shelter once a week. That I will continue after complete retirement.

offered to pay health insurance until Medicare kicked in, so after looking at rising health insurance costs and what was going on in education, I retired at age 60. My father was living with us and needed more "supervision". I taught 30 years. I subbed with my district at schools I enjoyed. I also worked 6-10 hours a week tutoring at Sylvan during a two year stretch.

I retired from teaching last year at age 54 after 30 years. I mostly taught at private schools, so no pension, so I still need insurance. I took last summer off, then took a job at a credit union last October. I started as a Teller, and now I am Receptionist. It provides benefits, and I enjoy my job. However, I am missing having summer off.

I retired the day before I turned 60, after 36 years in education. I had 3 maternity leaves and a couple years of 50% during that time.

I do not supply teach.
I am too busy living the grand life of retirement, I don't have time to supply teach.
I have met so many people and learned so many things in retirement.
Family, friends, fun, ----- what's not to love about retirement?

Hi SunniDee! I just retired in June with 20 years in teaching. I am 64 so have to pay for my own insurance until next year when I can get a Medicare supplement. I worked as a technical writer for various companies before that. I had planned on working for two more years, but my dad (93) has moved an hour away from me. He is living in a BEAUTIFUL assisted living place, but when I'm with him I just light up his life. I missed the first trimester of school last year due to some health problems with Pop. Before that I would miss 6 weeks here, or 4 weeks there due to Pop emergencies. I felt I couldn't keep presuming on their kindness so decided to retire. I really can't take anything on because I need to be available at the drop of a hat. Pop and I are the last of the Mahicans so it leaves me pretty free. We all retire at different times for different reasons. I think Catdog and I are the shortest career teachers.

I worked from September to May four days per week for 4.5 hours per day as a reading and math interventionist at the school from which I retired. This fall my job will be four days per week for 3.5 hours per day. They wanted to increase my hours to 5.5 hours per day, but I gladly gave someone else the two extra hours per day.

I was one month from my 64th birthday when I retired. I taught 42 years. I do not plan on having a post-retirement job at this time. Loving retirement life so far!

I was 54 and had taught for 31 years! Since my husband retired in December and I am not old enough for Medicare, I am working in a daycare center. I will take a vacated VPK position next month and am excited about it since I had a 5 year break from teaching!

Congrats, Nancy, THAT sounds like a great job!
SunniDee, I taught 40 yrs, retired at 62. Had to pay for insurance for 3 years. I subbed randomly one year, but no real job. Most of my friends who retired younger did get jobs or subbed/long term subbed with the district.

I "retired" early at almost 56. I started teaching at 21, but had nowhere near 35 years in. I stayed home full time for 10 years starting at 31 and then worked part time 10 years, and had just worked 5 full more full time years when I left. So 20 years total in.

I spend at least 10 days a month in another state helping my parents and do some subbing at the local library. I tried working there half time and just couldn't fit it in. Just when i think everyone is settled someone else has another health scare. I struggle wondering how on earth people do it all and am super thankful we've always been able to live on dh's income when needed.

Thank you for all of the replies! I loved them. I am 55 and have loved teaching for 31 years but now I just feel like I'm through. I am still checking on things but sure hope to make it happen soon.