Former teacher opens up about why he quit for a job at Walmart

A former teacher in Northeast Ohio shares why he left years of teaching behind to work at Walmart.
Seth Goshorn decided to share his personal story via TikTok and posted a short clip of him holding up Walmart's signature blue uniform in the same manner, showing athletes holding up their team jersey on draft day.
The 28-year-old's post, just 6 seconds long, with a caption that read, "Quit apprenticeship after 6 years to become a manager at Walmart and earn more without using my degree," quickly went viral. In the last week it has now been viewed more than 810,000 times.
PHOTO: Seth Goshorn followed his younger brother Heath to Walmart. The two siblings are now both trainers for the retailer, with Seth as stocking trainer and Heath as academy trainer who trains managers. (Courtesy of Seth Goshorn)
Goshorn told Good Morning America that while he "absolutely" loved teaching, he switched careers for a higher salary, especially as he hopes to start a family with his fiancé in the near future.
"The compensation," he added. "It was way better than I think people are used to and what people would expect."
Goshorn also said he sees more growth opportunities at Walmart, saying, "You don't have to go and do another degree or more initials or letters before your name to move up."
PHOTO: Seth Goshorn, his brother, mother and fiancee pose together at Walmart in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Seth Goshorn)
As a Stocking-2 trainer at a Walmart store in Massillon, Ohio, Goshorn said he makes about $55,000 a year before bonuses, a figure Walmart confirmed to GMA.
It was a rise for him, after five and a half years working in education, first as a reading teacher in a low-paying school district and then as a second-grade teacher in what he described as a "middle" [after] upper" paying district.
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He said he made $43,000 a year while teaching at plain local schools in Ohio's Stark County last year. The district confirmed to GMA that their elementary school teachers' salaries range from $43,896 to $83,766.
Goshorn said he hopes to shed light on how he believes hard-working teachers and his former colleagues are underappreciated following a nationwide teacher shortage and high burnout among educators since the COVID pandemic.
"There's a misconception that we only work six or nine months a year," he said, explaining that teachers often spend many extra hours outside of the classroom to create lesson plans, grade assignments, and so on.
PHOTO: Seth Goshorn poses with his Most Valuable Teacher banner in his Ohio classroom in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Seth Goshorn)
"Think about how good our teachers could be if they could just focus on teaching and not have to work a second job on the weekends," he said, adding that he also coached two sports and worked on summer school sessions, while he held his position as a teacher. “They chose to become teachers because they are passionate about it. They didn't choose to have a second job that came with it and I would have liked to see that."
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Although he is giving up full-time teaching for the time being, he said he plans to retain and renew his teaching license and does not discourage others from following the same path he once was.
PHOTO: Seth Goshorn poses in his classroom in northeast Ohio in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Seth Goshorn)
"I absolutely don't want me just trying to stop anyone from becoming a teacher," he said. "That's not the case. I just want my teacher friends to be paid the way they should be.”
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