Featuring Emily Chambers '10
(Profiled: April 2013)
I went to
the PERC job fair, had an interview there, and submitted an application
later. I didn't hear anything until late July, when Culpeper called and
asked for an interview. I thought the interview went poorly, but they
called me back and hired me three weeks before school started!
It was in a rural district
with a small school, and they called me back.
students: laughing with them and showing them what I love. My
coworkers: getting to know one another and sharing the joys and travails
of life and work as a teacher. My content: sharing what I am passionate
teacher, having the platform to share your passion is an enormous
politics, and negativity in coworkers, closely followed by students with
behavior issues and their parents, and finished with figuring out how to
organize and teach content.
I was prepared content-wise, besides more grammar and remedial reading
teaching. I was not prepared for the work environment of negativity and
gossip. I was prepared to be a professional, but had to learn how to
communicate with parents. I was prepared with classroom management, but
had to finesse my style. Teaching is something, however, you have to
do to know how to do.
Get as much experience as possible and take your classes seriously. You
will use what you learned in the classroom, in surprising ways! Dive into
your content as much as possible now, but also leave time to enjoy
Trust the Lord to lead you on a path uniquely your own. One day you'll
look back at how he knew perfectly where you would be, even if it's
different and less "exciting" than your classmates. Do your homework, do
the applications, and make an excellent portfolio (and pamphlets or
electronic resources--these are a big hit), but ultimately, you must trust
the Lord. Also, take some time to explore what you're passionate
about in teaching and what kind of school you'd like to teach in.
That kind of self-reflection helps to guide your job search.
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