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Featuring Jenn (Rugg) Sallade '02

 

 

Position: Homeschooling; formerly 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade teacher

Schools: Lancaster Mennonite, Plumbstead Christian School

Location: Flourtown, PA (current), Lancaster, PA and Plumbsteadville, PA

Certification: K-6

Profiled: 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 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 got my first job after sending out over 20 applications in the region where I wanted to live.  I contacted a Grove City friend who was an alum of the school to be one of my references.  

My current job was found through a friend from church who was part of the homeschool group.


What attracted you to this position?

Lancaster Mennonite had a neat, clean facility, happy and professional teachers and staff, and had a grade-level opening that I was interested in.  While I was denied for the original 6th grade position I applied for, another opened up in 2nd grade, way out of my comfort zone.  That class ended up being one of my favorites in 6 years of teaching.

My current job as part-time teacher for a homeschool group was perfect for my current situation.  It was just once a week and I could bring my toddler along.  

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

As a school teacher, smiles shared over a conquered math problem, heart-to-hearts on the classroom couch during recess, eyes lighting up with new story ideas during a writing workshop conference, and engaged classrooms of students shouting, "Cool!"

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

The workload of the first year was overwhelming.  There were so many new things to learn- the curriculum, the students and their parents, the other teachers and staff, and school policy, never mind living in a new town and learning to live on my own.

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

I felt very well-equipped entering the teaching field from GCC.  While the workload was overwhelming to start, I knew I had all of the tools I needed to do the job and continue to grow.

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

Observe excellent teachers and make the most of student teaching opportunities by coming prepared and trying new things, but also, develop your interests that have nothing to do with school and teaching!  I think Dr. Mackey's advice was very helpful, "Teach from the overflow of a full life."  That missions trip to Mexico, photography class, outing with friends, or dinner with an elderly couple from church will enrich your life, grow you in grace, and make you a more interesting and happy person.  You pass that on to your students every school day.


What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Apply broadly, think through your responses to common interview questions, learn about the school before the interview and come with questions for them.  Pray throughout for the Lord's guidance and blessing.  You can trust him to work for your good and his glory!

 

 

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