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Featuring Tyler Walter '09

Position: English Teacher
School: Mercer High School
Location: Mercer, PA
Graduate School: Gannon University
Graduate Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Information about Tyler's graduate school experience

(Profiled: December 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?

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 position.

 

What attracted you to this position?

I like 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 teach.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

My 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 day.

 

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

Classroom Management was the greatest challenge without a doubt.

 

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

I felt 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.

 

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

Have a 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.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Build 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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