Teacher earns $1 million for lesson plans

Deanna Jump, a 43-year-old kindergarten teacher, earned more than $1 million last year selling lesson plans to other teachers, reports Businessweek.

Jump, who blogs at Mrs. Jump’s Class and teaches in Warner Robins, Georgia,, is the most successful of 15,000 teachers marketing their original classroom materials through the online marketplace, TeachersPayTeachers (TPT). While teaching full-time, she’s created 93  teaching units and sold 161,000 copies for $8 each.

“My units usually cover about two weeks’ worth of material,” she says. “So if you want to teach about dinosaurs, you’d buy my dinosaur unit, and it has everything you need from language arts, math, science experiments, and a list of books you can use as resources. So once you print out the unit, you just have to add a few books to read aloud to your class, and everything else is there, ready to go for you.”

Two other teachers have earned $300,000, and 23 others have earned over $100,000, according to site founder Paul Edelman, a former middle school teacher.

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  1. I’m waiting for the districts to claim that these plans were written as a part of the scope of their employment and that all profits should go to the district.

  2. Katie Jones says:

    Wow. What a way to make money.

  3. What kind of idiot teachers are giving other teachers money? You’d think at least it’d be the district making the purchase.

  4. lightly seasoned says:

    There’s a lesson plan for about everything you could imagine out there for free. I don’t know why anyone pays for them, either.

  5. I’d bet a fair number of those lesson plans are being bought by people in teacher education classes to submit as their “thematic units” that so many of the classes demand.

  6. That actually makes sense. Teachers would be willing to pony up because they are taking the master’s degree to get more money.