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Featuring Kristen (Yanak) DiDonato '06

Position: 3rd Grade Elementary Teacher Facilitator
School: PA Cyber Charter School
Location: Midland, PA

(Profiled: 2011)

 

 

♦  How did you connect with this job opportunity?
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What attracted you to this position?
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What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?
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What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?
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How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?
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What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?
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What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity? 

I connected with this job opportunity through a friend of mine that worked with PA Cyber.  She really enjoyed working there and recommended that I interview.  At the time, I had been teaching at a private school for four years and was ready for something different. I talked to a number of people I knew that worked in cyber positions and decided it was something I was interested in doing.

 

What attracted you to this position? 

The things that attracted me the most to this position was that cyber education is an up and coming form of education, it offered a more flexible work schedule, and I knew I would learn many new things working in this position.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job? 

The most gratifying aspect of my job is that I am part of a school that can offer a good education to students that, for one reason or another, find traditional schooling difficult.  Many students are at PA Cyber due to health issues where they are sick many months out of the year and therefore cannot attend a traditional school.  Another chunk of students are at PA Cyber because they have special needs and a cyber setting removes the distractions that a regular classroom can have.

 

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

When I taught my first year at a private school, the thing I found most challenging was classroom management and discipline.  This was something we had talked about in my college courses, but is a skill that you learn and acquire only as you teach.  It took me a year to get my system down and learn that I had to stand firm in my discipline decisions.

 

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

Grove City provided wonderful classes that taught many relevant practices that were going on in the classroom.  Through various methods classes we were given the chance to implement different strategies and activities in the classroom.  When I had my own classroom, I often used the activities I learned about in college in my lessons.  I also oftentimes would use materials that I had made in my classes as well.  So keep all those projects that you do!  They might come in handy some day!

 

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

I would get as much experience as possible in the classroom or in educational settings.  Working at daycamps or summer programs is a great way to practice a management system with students.  Also, the more classrooms you observe, the better your understanding of all that teaching involves, and you can also gather a lot of ideas as you watch experts in their fields.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

I would encourage GCC students to look at all their employment opportunities when searching for a job.  Public education is a good route to go because of the benefits and salary involved but there are also great opportunities in private or charter schools.  I encourage students not to have a closed mind when it comes to certain forms of education and to actually explore various options before forming an opinion.  I substituted for a year and desperately wanted my own classroom.  I took a job at a private school and it wasn't a popular decision at the time with my family but it gave me WONDERFUL teaching experience.  In a loving, supportive Christian environment, I was able to grow as a teacher and learn the ins and outs of managing a classroom.  My time there was invaluable to my development as a teacher. At my current position at PA Cyber, I am learning new stuff every day.  So I encourage teachers to look at all the options that are out there and to not be discouraged if public education doesn't work out...it may be a better fit for you to be in an alternative form of education.  

 

 

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