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Featuring George Fohl '00

 

Position: Physical Science Teacher-Eighth Grade

School District: Chesterfield County Public Schools

Location: Midlothian, VA

Information about George's graduate school experience

Graduate School:  The College of William and Mary

Graduate Program: Curriculum and Instruction - Gifted Education Emphasis

(Profiled: May 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/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?

Many school districts post their job openings on their websites to view. You can also submit your application into a pool so that you can be considered should any available positions become available. I submitted an application via the web for chemistry or eighth grade physical science. The principal of the school reviewed my application on their network, she interviewed me, and I was hired. 

 

What attracted you to this position?

The climate of the school and the attitude of the administrators and teachers I interviewed with made the position so appealing. It is wonderful teaching in a school that – even during the interview – you can tell that it is run well, that the faculty truly loves the students, and that they really focus on learning! 

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

Teaching is by far one of the best youth ministry jobs out there! Where else can a believer interact daily with dozens of youth who need Christ? The world throws so much at students, and it is so wonderful to be able to speak truth into their lives! 

 

In addition to this, I also really enjoy teaching my students how to become lifelong learners, critical and creative thinkers, and academic risk takers. When so much these days is talked about improving test scores and making sure students can pass state tests, I love throwing that pressure on the students to the side and provide experiences to my students so they actually practice science like real scientists do.

 

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

I spent my first 12 years in a relatively small, rural county in Virginia. My biggest challenge my first year was finding time to get lesson plans done, go to my students’ games, fold into my community, and find a good church.  

 

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

In the area of content, I left Grove City College confident in what needed to teach. I knew what I was doing that first year, and it was a great feeling. Since I had mastery of the content, it gave me the time to create lessons that really connected my students to science.

In the area of teaching, it prepared me to really understand what it means to be called into the teaching profession. An education professor my sophomore year started the semester with teaching us about how Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught – with content, compassion, and character. This study showed me just how amazing teaching is as a ministry, and how teaching is so much more than just delivering content.

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

The best advice I could give future teachers is to be observant. Watch the teachers that teach you. Seek to emulate those things you see impacting your learning and love for the subject, and make note of those things that do not.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

1.  Keep an open mind – you may have your mind set on teaching in one particular region, but God just might be calling you somewhere else.

2.  Be yourself – the people you interview with are real people. They respect professionalism but like getting to know people, too.

3.  Set yourself apart – have something unique to gain an edge. For example, create a physical portfolio or web address to an online version. They may not have time to look at it all after your interview, but it shows them more about you, highlights your skills, and sets you apart from everyone else.

 

 

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