BERGEN COUNTY - Parents and students are not the only people gearing up to go back to school next week.

Teachers like Erica Rifon were already back in the classroom before Labor Day.

Many educators say people do not realize that, like parents, they spend a lot of time and money on back-to-school preparations.

Rifon says she plans classroom activities throughout the year, but the money for supplies like books, pencils and even pumpkins for Halloween, come out of her own pocket.