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Featuring Lauren Rothermel '08

 

Position: 1st Grade Teacher

School: Moon Area School District

Location: Moon Township, PA

Graduate School: Edinboro University

Graduate Program: M.Ed in Reading

Information about Lauren'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?

My first encounter with the Moon Area School District was when I filled in for a maternity leave (2009).  The district pulled my resume from PA-Educator.  After having that long-term position, I continued to keep in contact with the school principal.  I then interviewed for a full-time position the following year (2010).

 

What attracted you to this position?

At first, any job sounded good when I was searching.  However, I prefered to be in an elementary classroom.  There were many retirements from Moon Area, so I used that opportunity to advertise myself and tell them I wanted the job since I had multiple qualificiations and experiences with children.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

I find gratification in many ways with my job.  Every teacher should find joy at the times when you see the kids "get it" and their brains make the connection to the material. It's great to hear the "ahs" and see that smile and confidence pour through.  Also, the school I work in  (Allard Elementary) has an atmosphere unlike any other school I have known.  My coworkers are a fun, passionate group who have many of the same goals and desires as I do.  It is extrememly gratifying to work in an uplifiting place.

 

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

The biggest challenge at first is time management with completing lessons according to a schedule but also making sure the kids master the objectives.  It gets better with each day, but having a scope and sequence and working with a mentor is a tremendous help.  The hardest part with each year though is knowing to "expect the unexpected" with parents.  There is a vast array of  home life situations, comments they will make, concerns they will have, and support (or lack of) with each new school year.  Remember, you will make a difference in the lives of children, so do not get discouraged.

 

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

 I felt exremely prepared for graduate school after my years at GCC.  The workload did not seem overwhelming (after attending Grove City), and I was up-to-date on research in the education field and common/best practices.  I appreciated having multiple times to enter/teach in the classroom since freshman year, as this is not the case at other schools.

 

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

I would say the most important thing is organization. Have a set place for important documents, student folders, daily activities, parent notes, and homework.  Getting the kids into a routine from day 1 will really help the smoothness of transitions and classroom management.  Also, make sure to keep the kids moving whether you are doing jumping jacks and counting by 10s, singing a rhyme, or stretching with synonyms.  Brains do better when they are active, so don't forget to have some fun!  You will enjoy it, and the kids will love it!

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Never give up!  Make a name for yourself, deliver papers in person, keep in contact with building principals, make a point to get observed when you are substitute teaching, and don't be afraid to do something in the non-traditional route.  Get experience and have confidence!

 

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