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Featuring Adam Moyer '12

Position: Math and Science Teacher
School: Mercer Area School District
Location: Mercer, PA
(Profiled: November 2012)

♦  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 about the job application process?
♦  What job search tips would you give to GCC students?


How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I began tutoring with the Center for Creative Learning in Grove City during my senior year. The center was planning to set up a new school that fall, and the principal offered me a job as the school’s science teacher.


What attracted you to this position?

The board of the school was willing to put a lot of trust in me so I could really take the opportunity to teach how I wanted. I was also pleased by the flexibility I would have, the amount of say I would have in starting up the school, and the fact that I would be able to discuss the subjects with a Christian worldview. The school is also relatively close to home.


What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

Getting to know the students individually and knowing that I can have an influence in their lives has been wonderful. It is also rewarding when you can see that the students are actually learning the material.


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

For me, the most challenging part of building my curricula from scratch is that there are so many available resources. I find it time-consuming to seek out the best way to teach each topic for the first time. It is nice to know that I will be able to use these materials in the future, though.


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

Every teaching experience I was required to complete in my classes before student teaching, as well as student teaching itself, was very beneficial to gain confidence in teaching material, but also to show me that as a teacher, your lessons aren’t always going to be perfect. In the long term, everything is a learning experience to learn what works and what doesn’t. You just have to be patient. Also, completing homework in a timely manner in general helped me realize the most efficient ways for me to complete my schoolwork and planning now.


What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher about the job application process?

Be prepared for rejection. There may be plenty of reasons why you don’t get the job you want. However, if I would have gotten my “ideal” job, I wouldn’t be where I am right now, and I am very happy here. Keep all of your educational materials organized, of course, and use the resources and seminars that the ECS offers. They are quite helpful! Just apply to as many things as you can and don’t give up.


What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Because I didn’t have to do a whole lot of job searching after graduation, I would recommend taking  the time to apply to as many internships or educational work opportunities you can, because you never know how important the connections you make can be. I think that connecting with people in the field is probably the most important thing you can do.

 


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