She’s helping other educators become financially free!
Meet the teacher-turned-millionaire who’s helping other Black authors make 6 figures, Black Enterprise reports.
According to the U.S. News & World Report, middle school teachers in America make roughly $65,000 annually. The necessary living wage across the United States is more than $67,000 annually, according to Business Insider, and varies from state to state. While the lowest living wage can be found in Mississippi and is $58,321, the highest living wage is roughly $136,437 and can be found in Hawaii.
For years, many have advocated on behalf of higher pay for educators, some even calling for a salary of at least $100,000 nationwide.
"They may feel like, say you're an elementary school teacher, 'Oh, you're hanging out with kids all day,' and of course, that's not what it is. I think maybe people need more insight into understanding what the profession actually entails. When I was teaching, it wasn't just that I was a teacher, I also felt like a social worker and a nurse — there are so many hats that you have to wear that that also adds to the taxing nature of the job," said former middle school teacher, Colette Coleman, to CBS News last year in reference to her New York Times op-ed piece, "The Case For Paying All Teachers Six Figures.”
Coleman outlined the vital role educators played during the pandemic, specifically how essential they were for maintaining some semblance of normalcy. She foreshadowed the issue of a teacher shortage that’ll be caused by pay not matching up with the demands of the job.
"I am concerned about a teacher shortage. I know there have been some surveys that show more teachers, but they are just so burned out from last year," said Coleman.
She admits that she was one of those teachers, leaving behind the classroom in search of a better quality of life. Coleman argued that if the pay rate was fixed, more teachers would stay.
"I didn't realize just how hard the job is. The conditions were really rough. The salary also felt like it wasn't commensurate with the level of the workload. Significant raises can keep more people from ending up like me and countless others: a passionate educator who turned to another line of work largely in response to what I saw as incommensurate pay," she shared.
This is a struggle also highlighted by Jasmine Womack, a former middle school teacher based out of Atlanta who turned to content creation and coaching as an alternate path to success. Womack started like most teachers: loving her day-to-day and her interaction with the students. But before she knew it, she was overwhelmed and burned out. Finding a passion for writing at a young age, she began focusing her energy on writing a book. An unplanned interaction in college with a long-forgotten cousin had previously confirmed that writing and publishing was her ultimate calling. She discovered that her paternal great-grandmother was Mary Lena Lewis Tate, one of the first Black women to own a publishing company in the U.S.
“That was a defining point in my life because I realized the call on my life was already destined in my bloodline. My ancestor created her publishing company to have material for ministry as she founded the Holiness Church. And here I am, all these years later, having been disconnected from that side because I didn’t know my father that well, still fulfilling her legacy and creating my own,” Womack explained.
She eventually left teaching and once her first book was completed, she took it to the digital marketing platform, Kajabi, for self-publishing. There, she learned how to navigate the digital marketing world; she created more content and hosted her own online workshops. Her first book made roughly $5,000 solely in pre-sales. Within a year, she earned $125,000 in total through all of her combined offerings and, by the time she looked up, she had earned more than $1 million.
“This started out as me wanting to spend more time with my husband and children instead of being burned out from work…I went full time into entrepreneurship. One day, I clicked into my Kajabi portal and saw I had crossed the million dollar mark on that platform alone,” she said.
In 2022, Kajabi highlighted Womack’s work as a Top 10 Black History Month Hero, just one year after her book, Published and Paid: Write, Self Publish and Launch Your Nonfiction Book In 90 Days Or Less was released. Now the self-made millionaire, executive coach, and writing consultant is on a mission to help other Black authors via her free “Make An Empact” group on Facebook and her paid Author Made Easy Bootcamp. Her virtual and in-person trainings are designed to show others how they can follow a similar path, sharing their knowledge and earning six figures as self-published authors.
Womack’s three-day retreat caters to aspiring and published authors, speakers, and personal and professional development coaches. She guides them through the steps of writing a best-selling book and building an online coaching business that’s guaranteed to bring in hundreds of thousands. She’s garnered more than 17,000 followers on Instagram alone and has been featured on a number of platforms, including Forbes, HuffPost, and Grow with Google’s Digital Coaches. Online, Womack connects more with her audience, sharing advice on how to reach 7 figures on Kajabi to internal work you need to do to be prepared for entrepreneurship, which includes elevating your habits, routine, thoughts, beliefs, and skill sets. Her digital content ranges in length from short one-minute clips to hour-long interactive sessions on Instagram live with viewers.
“I knew that I had to change some things in my life in order to move to a new level…I had to replace old thought patterns with new thought patterns. I had to build upon my knowledge with new information. Shifts happened internally first…way before the income and influence came into the picture,” Womack wrote on one of her social media posts.
Like many former educators, Womack still has a heart for teaching and has continued doing so — just in a different format. Educators often go above and beyond, extending their impact outside of the classroom, helping to mold young psyches, and helping shape impressionable minds. Over the years, we’ve witnessed an array of Black educators perform in remarkable ways, such as raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed students in need over the holiday break and creating self-care days for students to the DC teacher who created a bike club in an effort to allow students to connect while socially distancing. While none of it is within their job description, the extra work that really matters comes effortlessly for educators and it’s just as necessary.
“Students have to know someone who looks like them and talks like them, and cares about them…inside and out of the classroom,” Azel Prather, a former D.C. elementary school educator and founder of The Prather Foundation, previously told Because Of Them We Can.
Womack shared a similar sentiment, this time in regards to educating adults, saying she feels as if her work is helping people more than she ever imagined.
“I feel as if I am breaking strongholds, shifting mindsets, restoring faith, and helping people become the best versions of themselves while sharing their stories,” she said.
“You're a subject matter expert with a track record of helping others achieve success. People have been waiting for you to come out of hiding for a while now, and you know it. You can feel it. They’ve been waiting to hear more from you, learn from you on deeper levels, and be inspired by you. You know that you were meant to do more. Impact thousands. Be a change agent. Create legacy. All while skyrocketing your income,” a motivational message on Womack’s site reads.
She is hoping that her efforts will help spawn the next generation of Black authors while helping aspiring entrepreneurs and educators monetize their skills through self-publishing and digital content. For Womack, it is not just about making money, but emphasizing to others the importance of financial freedom and how their unwritten books, programs, etc. can create a legacy for themselves and their families.
“It’s not just about showing people how to create their bankable books and products but about shifting their mindsets to see the importance of creating the life that they desire. It’s about total transformation and leaving a mark,” Womack explained.
To learn more about Womack's work and her products, visit her website at www.jasminewomack.com.
Meet the former teacher turned millionaire helping other Black authors. Photo Courtesy of JasmineWomack.com.