Just to clear up a teachers salary. they work as you said and have summers and holidays off. However, that 45,000 or whatever their salary is gets divided up over 12 months and is based on the time they teach. They actually don't get paid for summers and holidays, they just chose to have their checks divided into 12 or so months. See... I'm not saying it isn't a good salary they just get it divided evently for 12 months.