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Featuring Angela Buckler '08

Position: 2nd Grade Teacher

School: Southern York County School District

Location: Glen Rock, PA

Graduate School: Penn State University

Graduate Program: Teaching and Curriculum

Doctorate School: Regent University

Doctorate Program: Educational Psychology

Information about Angela's graduate school experience

(Profiled: 2011)

 

  How did you connect with this job opportunity?

♦  What attracted you to this position?

♦  What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

♦  What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?

♦  How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

♦  What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?

♦  What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

 

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I found the job opening for my school district through Grove City’s Alumni Website, eCommunity.

 

What attracted you to this position?

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.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

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.

 

What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?

My biggest challenge as a first-year teacher was managing how much time I spent at school.  I would spend a lot of time working on things before and well into the evenings after school.  Granted this all paid off and was time well spent, but there did have to be a balance between work and personal life.  Another challenge was learning exactly what all the expectations were for me as a teacher and for my students and their achievement throughout the year.  Just knowing what they were to learn and what that was supposed to look like was a challenge to understand that first year.

 

How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

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.

 

What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?

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.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

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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