A woman who revealed her teaching salary on social media is now thanking a man she’s never met for adopting her Arizona classroom. In 2018, Elisabeth Milich captured national attention after she disclosed her annual income — which was $35,621.25 at the time — while thousands of teachers marched for the #RedforEd movement at the Arizona state capitol to demand a 20% pay increase and better education funding.
Milich is a second grade teacher at Whispering Wind Academy in Phoenix. Whispering Wind is a Title 1 school, which means it has low-income students and receives federal funds to help meet educational goals.
However, Milich often dips into her own pocket to meet her students’ needs, she said.
“It’s hard to make a decision to spend money on your home, your own kids or spend money on your school kids that desperately need the help,” Milich, a mom of three, told “Good Morning America.” “I feel fortunate and blessed that I’m not a single mom.
I have my husband’s income where I can buy [lunch] for kids that don’t have lunch for field trips but as for fun stuff, I can’t buy a set of 20 paints.”