Featuring George Fohl '00
(Profiled: May 2013)
How did you connect with this job
What attracted you to this
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
What job search tips would you
give to GCC students?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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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George's graduate school experience