Roanoke delegate calls out education system after a teacher delivers his pizza

Virginia ranks 32nd in teacher salaries, according to latest available data

Frustration over low teacher pay
Frustration over low teacher pay

ROANOKE, Va. – Elizabeth Sweet has taught elementary school students for a decade and says in order to make ends meet, she still has to work extra jobs.

“On Saturday, I work at a veterinary clinic. On Sunday, I’m on staff at my church," explained Sweet. “Very quickly after I got my career started, I realized my teacher salary is not going to be enough.”

Sweet did not disclose where she teaches in order to protect her job, but said that many of her fellow educators also work multiple jobs to get by.

“They do all types of work: tutoring, waitressing, grocery store cashiering," Sweet said. "There’s a really high likelihood you’ll find a teacher working outside of the school building.”

Del. Sam Rasoul said one of those encounters led him to write an emotional tweet about teacher pay.

Rasoul tweeted that a teacher recognized him while at her second job delivering food and that he "felt so mad for her.”

“I had a teacher at a local elementary school who’s coming to my front door delivering pizzas to supplement her income," Rasoul said. “This system sucks. I am so upset that we have a system where teachers are not held up as the heroes that they are.”