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Featuring Emily Chambers '10

Position: 6th Grade English & 6th Grade Pre-AP English
School: Culpeper Middle School
Location: Culpeper, VA
Certification: Virginia Elementary Licensure
(Profiled: April 2013)

  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 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 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!


What attracted you to this position?
It was in a rural district with a small school, and they called me back.

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

My 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 about.

As a teacher, having the platform to share your passion is an enormous blessing.


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

Drama, 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.


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

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

What job search tips would you give to GCC students? 
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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