Paying a ransom only reinforces the act of holding for ransom. Don’t pay it.
To be a teacher, you need a specialized college degree, and a professional certification that needs to be renewed every few years. You’re held to some of the highest professional standards, have some of the most stringent background checks, and have one of the most difficult, accountable, and precarious careers out there. And after twenty years full-time experience, you’ll STILL be making significantly less than the national average of income earners.