How did you connect
with this job opportunity?
I actually grew up in Frederick County, Virginia. I looked all over
Eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland for a job while I was at home. My mom
kept pushing me to look at Fairfax County Public Schools, but I was
hesitant to teach where I went to school. I wanted to see different
places, and explore other options. Now I’m really thankful for it. I
encourage you to not be resistant to working near home.
Also, the principal and administration of my school really valued that I
grew up here and was looking for a job here. One of the people that
interviewed me was my third grade teacher.
you to this position?
I just really felt comfortable here and with the people that I met in my
interview. There was a connection, and I could see myself working here.
My niche is the primary grades, and so I was interested in the first
grade opening they had as well.
What are the
most gratifying aspects of your job?
I love seeing the growth in the students! First graders make a
tremendous amount of growth from entering school not being able to read
and leaving with the ability to read chapter books. It’s amazing to see
them get so excited about their improvement as well.
What was your
biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?
The courses that I took at Grove City College prepared me well, and I
learned fantastic methods to become an excellent teacher. However, as a
first-year teacher there are many realities that often surprise you. It
was frustrating to know that I could be a better teacher than I was but
lacking the time or energy to be that. You don’t really know what it’s
like until you experience it, but with each year you are able to
implement more and try new things that allow you to become an even
How did your
time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?
It’s interesting going to professional development here. Most of what we
talk about or learn in professional development I’ve already learned
through the courses I had at GCC. My classes really kept me informed of
the latest theories, methods, and issues in the education field today.
search tips would you give to GCC students?
I made those mini portfolios which were really helpful. I mailed them
along with some of my applications. When I was interviewing, they helped
me stay on task and reference specific things in my interview.
Principals really liked looking at them.
After I submitted my application, I called the principal to let him know
that I was interested. School districts receive lots of applications and
have to quickly sort through all of them. I called the secretary and
asked to speak to the principal just to let him know about my interest
in the job. Not all principals might like that, but he appreciated it.