Featuring Tyler Walter '09
How did you connect with this job
What attracted you to this
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
What job search tips would you
give to GCC students?
Two Grove City professors, Dr. John Stephens and Dr.
Gina Blackburn, were very active in helping me find places to apply in my
final semester. I interviewed at Mercer and was excited to receive a
this area of the country and I was really excited to receive a position in
my certification area and at the level (high school) that I wanted to
students are the reason I teach. They make coming to work every day an
exciting prospect. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to class causes me
to communicate that same enthusiasm and passion in my class each and every
Classroom Management was the greatest challenge without a doubt.
like I was extremely well prepared in my content area (English). I also
think the upper level education courses were extremely important since
that's where I learned to make lesson plans, actually taught lessons for
the first time, and had the opportunity to get involved in teaching and
working with actual students.
passion for what you do. Teaching is a difficult profession to go into
these days, and you need to remember it is a ministry where we are called
to serve and love our students.
relationships with your professors. They care about you and are there to
help you, but you need to pursue those relationships in order to draw from
their experience and wisdom.
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Tyler's graduate school experience
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