Featuring Jenn (Rugg) Sallade '02
Homeschooling; formerly 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade
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
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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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