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Featuring Caitlin Browning '11



Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: The Wilberforce School
Location: Princeton, NJ
(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 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?
I sent out applications and resumes to a few classical Christian schools in New Jersey.  Wilberforce happened to be one near my home so I applied there.  Also, when I searched main New Jersey teacher-job websites and saw postings from the school, I made sure to apply there first.  I gave two teaching interviews and then was hired in June 2011.

What attracted you to this position?
I enjoyed learning a little bit about classical Christian education in some of Dr. Edward's education classes and so when I discovered that there were schools near me that taught this way, I was curious to be a part of one and learn how to teach that way.  It also provided em an opportunity to be near home.

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

There are too many! I am so humbled and thankful to be a part of the Wilberforce community of teachers, administration, parents, students and their families. Being with other Christians and especially other Christian educators allows us to work together towards Christ and teaching intentionally towards a balance of grace and truth. It's also such a great responsibility and privilege to work with the students themselves every day. They are such unique little persons fully created in God's image and they bring joy and laughter to the classroom every day. We are also blessed to be located on beautiful campus grounds which affords us many opportunities to play outside and enjoy creation.


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

There were many challenges! Some of the biggest were just finding time to plan lessons and also thinking ahead for how parents could be more fully involved in the classroom. Also, I'm learning how to communicate positively but clearly with parents to make sure they are informed of good/challenging behavior. Knowing what and how often to communicate is sometimes hard!


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

I am a very prepared, organized person by nature but my field experiences at GCC taught me that planning well and being prepared is of utmost importance. When you prepare well, you are being faithful to God to do your best. Then you can go forward fully trusting Him to help you teach and help the students learn. It also frees your mind to concentrate on managing student behavior and heart issues effectively.


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

Be humble and be willing to ask questions. Ask for feedback often! Always have the mindset of how you can make each part of your classroom, teaching abilities and relationships with others better. Also, be serious about thinking about the philosophy of education questions you're asked. They really are significant in how you view your students and your role as a teacher.


What job search tips would you give to GCC students?
Always be kind and friendly in any and all communication as you should do anyway! Follow the recommended timeline guidelines that Mrs. Snyder provides you and be prepared with your materials (resume, trifold, etc.) in advance. I ended up not applying to a public school but with Christian schools, I was advised to send my information to a school even if they did not have any postings that they had openings. I think this was wise because it led to a few conversations with schools that were appreciative of receiving the info but would contact me if they had potential future opportunities.


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