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Poor pay forces Florida teacher to quit her job



Linda DeRegnaucourt had expected to retire as a Brevard County math teacher. Then reality got in the way.

She got divorced. Her real estate investments tanked. And her salary just couldn't keep up.

DeRegnaucourt told CNN about her decision to leave the profession she loves to become a nurse instead.

"Five years ago, 10 years ago, kids would ask me, should they become teachers? I was like, 'Oh, God, yes, I love what I do,' " she said. "Now, I tell my kids, 'You're really, really bright. Why don't you think about going into (this or that?)' They have the potential to be doctors, lawyers, nurses, CEOs and scientists . Why would I recommend to my kids, who I absolutely love, to struggle for years?"

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[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 6:02am]


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