I am a 59 year old award-winning public school teacher who at 42 earned his credential at a child-centered, pacifist private school called Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. In 2008 I was recognized as a Star of Education by the California State Senate and the California State Assembly.
While my tuition was not that of an Ivy League school like Harvard or Yale, still the cost of a private college against my teacher salary means paying off the student loan has taken more time and has been more of a challenge than I initially anticipated. My healthcare problems have exacerbated the situation: I had to take nearly a year off in 2013 for cancer treatment.
I have a long-term autoimmune disease and I am a non-hogkin's lymphona survivor. While I am proactively staying on top of my health, my doctor has nonetheless placed me on disability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is simply unsafe for a person with my underlying conditions to go to school and work inside a classroom with teens who are not very careful about safety. Already three students in my class have tested positive since the beginning of the school year. And unfortunately, my doctor's request that I be allowed to work remotely from home was denied.
The result is I am receiving 70% of my income now. This makes taking care of my responsibilities more challenging. I believe that I have paid it forward enough in the more than 2 decades that I have taught in the public schools of Southern California to ask for help now. (I was an emergency credential teacher for several years before going to Pacific Oaks and earning my clear credential). I would greatly appreciate all the help any of you can provide with paying off the last $10,180 of my student loan. Anyone interested in examining proof of the outstanding balance, just let me know via the 'Contact' button and I will happily provide you with documentation.
Thank you in advance!