My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of EDUCATION and PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION.
DAY IN AND DAY OUT
I begin the day by checking email and making any necessary connections. After taking attendance, I facilitate instruction. During preparation periods, I make phone calls, write emails, read, plan and prepare for the next class. I teach 5 different courses each week. Two of the courses that I teach are college level. I interact with students on a personal and professional level throughout the day. At the end of the day, I do what is necessary to prepare for the next day/week/month/year.
SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED
To be a good teacher, a person should continue to be a student. Learning is an ongoing process. It is necessary to experiment with what is being taught in the classroom and go beyond what is obvious. Research and preparation are also ongoing. Technology has allowed teachers to be more exciting in the classroom. Students want to be actively involved in education at the high school level.
Graduate - SUNY College at Oneonta, Special Education and Teaching, General
SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL
Take courses in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences and psychology. Look for ways to help others and get involved in community service. Learn to write well, read often, and experiment at home after hands on activities taught in the classroom.
Find what you are good at and what you like; they are usually related. Search for careers that employ what you like and/or what you are good at and reach for higher education. Go as far as you need/want to go with your education and search for jobs. Set your own internship up if your high school or college will not set one up for you.
STRUGGLES I OVERCAME: FIRST IN MY FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE
My family encouraged me to go to college and paid for all my bills.