Beth Decker

Teacher

Find me online:

“I teach a class helping teenagers find their life pathway!”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Teacher

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of EDUCATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My greatest days are filled with teenage faces, listening, discussing, learning, laughing, writing, reading, dreaming, thinking and learning information to help them begin developing plans and ideas about their futures. I actually don't "teach" anything, I guide them on a pathway of discovery I developed to help my own children find their passions and then find ways to become who they want, do what they love and create satisfying lives for themselves. My days are exhausting but full of energy.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

You have to have lived a life full of exploration including a career pathway that has wandered a bit.
You have to be the kind of person who is willing to help those who sometimes don't seem to have belief in themselves.
You have to be willing to happily admit and be comfortable acknowledging you do NOT have answers only a concern to help them each find their own unique way in life. You have to be genuine and be willing to share the deep truths you see in life to inspire them to LIVE!

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

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I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • Undergraduate - Anything you care about that you could teach
  • Certification/License - Secondary Education and Teaching

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - University of California-Berkeley, English Language and Literature, General
  • Graduate - National University, Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Graduate - Capella University, working on one in Adolescent Literacy

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

The first step is to understand YOURSELF and what matters to you. Find what you love learning and pursue that so you can share your passion for what you do. There really is not a teaching credential in 'life planning' so I'm not sure how to help with that.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM PEOPLE

“Just teach what you're supposed to teach. You are just one little voice in a huge world, you will not be heard. Every other generation has just gone out and made a living...why make it more complex? Publishers have told me there is no market for my book.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

To be honest, I haven't overcome the noise. I hear it from outside and inside, every single day, however, sometimes it motivates me to fight a bit harder...push a bit further than I would that day. It also prompts me to keep working to believe in myself. Believe that one person truly can do something valuable and change millions of lives. I keep a list on my dashboard of my car, computer desktop and bathroom mirror, of people who HAVE done just that. Helped change the world and my name is on there!

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