A Day with Mrs. D
Bookkeeper, lunch lady, classroom aide, and crossing guard — it takes four different jobs to put together a single living wage.
By Mary Ellen Flannery and Rebecca Logan
Deb De Grave, an education support professional in the northern Wisconsin village of Denmark, punches four different timecards each day. From breakfast to lunch duty, account-keeping to classroom-assisting, she rushes from school to school, job to job.
She loves each one, but she needs each one, too, to make any kind of living. Even after 20-plus years, a classroom aide here can’t expect much more than $12,000 a year. View the slideshow below for a glimpse of De Grave's typical workday.