10 Things About Me as a Teacher...
1.) I am starting my VERY FIRST year of teaching! I will be working at a middle school that includes grades 6th through 8th and I will be teaching 6th grade math and 1 class of social studies!
2.) I did not major in Education. Instead I chose Business. I graduated. I hated Business. Marketing = Sales (who knew?). I hate sales. I have always loved math though, so I decided I would be a good math teacher!
3.) My dad always told me I should be a teacher because it was a stable career and they would always have a need for math teachers. I told him and anyone else that would listen that I would NEVER be a teacher!
4.) I decided to get my teaching certificate at probably the worst possible time ever - right as the economy went downhill and everyone was scrambling to find better, more stable career paths (i.e. teaching). It took me 1 year and 4 months to find a job, which doesn't seem like long now, but it felt like FOREVER at the time.
5.) I started subbing to get my foot in the door at the district I currently work at. I was given a long term subbing gig from this past Feb. - June and had a wonderful mentor who told the principal at least once every day that he should hire me and he finally did! :)
6.) The first day I ever subbed. I was a substitute for an 8th grade science class at the school that I currently teach at. I thought the school was so ghetto and said I would NEVER sub there again! (Do you see a reoccurring trend in my life?) It is a title one school (a low socio-economic school) that has plenty of students who come from less than perfect circumstances, but I eventually fell in LOVE with my school and LOVE being able to actually make a difference in these kids lives!
7.) My first taste of being a teacher was when I started proctoring the SAT exam to high school students. I loved being in charge in a classroom setting! This is what initially sparked my interest in becoming a teacher!
8.) I like teaching 6th grade, because at some point, once I have worked at my school for two more years, I will know every student on our campus (or at least most of them)!
9.) Our district requires us to get our Masters degree within 10 years of working for our district. They pay for us to do this. I am considering getting my Masters in Counseling.
10.) I would also maybe consider getting my degree in Administration, although I would only want to be an Assistant Principal! Principals have way to much to deal with. My grandfather (my dad's dad) was a principal, so maybe it's in the genes! We'll see...
*I could seriously write like 30 more "about me" teacher things! It's great to finally be in a profession that I just can't stop talking about! One of the best things about teaching, is the other teachers and the community that is created through the common bond of teaching! Get any two teachers together and I guarantee they will chat non-stop about their teacher experiences! Such a cool thing! :)
Only 2 more weeks until the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Be sure and go to Babbling Abby this week to meet other fellow teachers! :)