I found the job opening for my school district through Grove City
where Education Career Services posts jobs.
At first I was attracted to this position because the school district
was near a Penn State Campus, which was important because I knew I
wanted to go to graduate school. After interviewing I was also
attracted to this position because of the connection I made with the
principal (he and I are from the same small town in rural northern PA,
talk about a small world) and the feeling that this was where the Lord
wanted me to be.
Working with my students and watching them grow is the most gratifying
aspect of my job. To see one of my students go above and beyond is
amazing and to be a part of it is even more phenomenal. Also having my
students enjoy coming to school every day and telling me they love being
in my classroom is very rewarding. I am also blessed to work in a
school that is very team oriented and everyone is willing to help and
contribute to the overall success of our students and school.
GCC prepared me extremely well for the teaching field. I went into my
first year with a lot of confidence and experience that not all of my
other colleagues were able to do. I felt that I had been blessed with a
strong foundation that helped me be successful (and still does).
Through field experiences and student teaching I knew I was able to
handle my first year and the many more to come.
Take advantage of your cooperating teachers and all they have to share
with you; stay for an extra few minutes every now and then and ask them
questions to gain ideas and insight for when you’re on your own.
Document now the things you would like to do when you have your own
classroom. During student teaching I wrote a list of “Ideas to Try”
that I referred back to my first year because I knew they worked and I
was comfortable doing on my own. It’s easy to go through the motions to
get the assignment done, but think about how the time you are spending
now may help you in the future.
irst and foremost, pray. Then go to Mrs. Snyder and use Education
Career Services. ECS can do so much to help with the job search
process, from interviews to locating job opportunities. Be willing to
think outside the box, so to speak, on where the Lord may be calling you
to teach. The way things are going you may have to move to get a
teaching job, but there will always be openings because good teachers
will always be needed.
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Angela's graduate school experience