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Teacher Quits When Pay Goes From $42K to $80k In Six Years

Former Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher Sean McCarroll has seen his name in the news a lot in the past year.

In April 2021, McCarroll resigned his teaching position as a protest against the district’s decision to not restrict in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A video of McCarroll’s angry comments when he announced his resignation at a school board meeting was published by many Michigan TV stations and other news sites.

Michigan Radio published an update on McCarroll on Jan. 12, reporting that since leaving the district, he’s been working in real estate and construction.

McCarroll’s employment history illustrates how a teacher’s compensation can increase rapidly, given the extra perks built into many school union contracts. His gross pay rose from $42,589 in 2013-14 (his second year with the school district) to $80,261 in 2020-21, the year he resigned. He received an 88% compensation increase over a seven-year period.

The former teacher was able to boost his gross pay by taking on optional duties beyond those specified for teachers in the district’s union contract. According to McCarroll’s LinkedIn account, he had coaching duties for five years and chaired an academic department for nearly four years.

Currently, McCarroll’s LinkedIn account states he is a real estate investor and general contractor who specializes in home renovations and repairs.

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