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Featuring Jennifer Cavalieri '04

Name: Jennifer (Klopsic) Cavalieri 

Grad Year: 2004

Teaching Position: 1st grade teacher (2 years), 3rd grade teacher (5 years), and Vice Principal (present position)

School District: Mantua Township

City, State/Country: Mantua, NJ

Certification: Double Major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a certification in Spanish,  Supervisors Certificate, Masters in Educational Leadership & Principals Certificate.

Graduate School: Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Information about Jennifer's graduate school experience

(Profiled: January 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?

I literally sent resumes and cover letters to every school and board office in my county and the surrounding counties. I called continuously to check on the progress of my application, requested interviews, went to job fairs and kept detailed files of what I had sent and to where.  I was hired the week after I graduated from GCC!

 

What attracted you to this position?

I always had a passion for younger children and wanted to teach in an early elementary school.  So, I loved my years teaching 1st and 3rd graders. Then, when an administration position opened up in my same district, it just felt right.  I believe that what is meant to be will work out, and it always has!

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

As a teacher I genuinely love the "lightbulb" moments when that connection is made for the learner.  I also love seeing the progression from September to June, especially in the younger grades.  As a vice principal, I love when things run smoothly, the building functions in an orderly manner, teachers and students are happy and true learning & fun is happening.

 

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

The biggest challenge is to stay on top of things, develop relationships with colleagues, display competency to the parents, meet the needs of the students and do it all with a smile and acting very confident!

 

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

GCC does an outstanding job of preparing you.  I felt worlds above some other new teachers who came from other institutions.  They develop your professionalism to an extremely high degree, content knowledge, awareness of students, awareness of the new trends, writing skills and ability to handle large amounts of work at one time.  I had many teachers comment to me that they've never seen a new teacher so prepared...this was due to GCC!

 

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

I'd advise you to purchase the Responsive Classroom series and read them.  The First Six Weeks of School, Classroom Rules, The Morning Meeting Book, and Classroom Spaces that Work.  They provide solid examples, an excellent foundation and a great logic to develop a true classroom community.  I reread them every summer!

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Be confident, poised and organized.  Put your information and resume out everywhere and practice at multiple job fairs.  As intimidating as it may be, it's excellent job interview practice.  Also, be sure to dress and speak professionally and be kind to office staff when arriving for interviews.  The market isn't the best, so you have to make them feel as though you're the most important thing needed for their district.

 

 

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