Is it time to escape to the pod?

Microschools and pandemic pods are emerging options to supplement online education

Pod teacher: this is the newest job title in education. A pod teacher is hired by parents to teach a few children in a “pandemic pod,” also called a micro or nano school.

According to LinkedIn data, job postings for pod teachers have doubled since February. About 44 percent of pod instructors previously worked as teachers, teaching assistants or tutors. Others were former food and beverage servers, musicians, writers and software engineers. Hiring is most intense in the big cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles. The Washington Post and EdSurge report that wealthy districts can pay as much as $90,000 a year.

My friend Tillie Blas, a veteran public school teacher on Guam, will consider pod teaching as an option when she retires. “For the love of teaching.