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Featuring Scott Yanak '12

*Scott also coached the girls' and boys' tennis teams!

 

Certification: Secondary Mathematics

Position: 9th & 11th Grade Math Teacher

School: Mumford High School (Education Achievement Authority)

Location: Detroit, Michigan

(Profiled: May 2013)

♦  How did you connect with this job opportunity?
♦  What attracted you to this position?
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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?
♦  What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture or sub-culture?

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I connected with this job opportunity through Teach for America, who set up interviews to find a placement for my two-year commitment.

 

What attracted you to this position?

I have always wanted to teach in the inner city.  I was attracted to using Teach for America as a vessel for that because they have a very strong support network and their professional development sets you up to be successful in an urban classroom.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

The most gratifying aspect of my job is seeing the growth that students make not only academically, but also as people.  I learn as much from my students as they do from me. 

 

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

The biggest challenge has been incorporating a student-centered learning model in the classroom.  The district has just started using this blended learning model, so many of us are not very seasoned teaching this way.

 

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

My time at GCC helped me to prepare engaging, thought-provoking lessons.  It helped me develop a large library of resources that I still use even now.

 

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

Some advice I would give is to really put some time and thought into the education classes you complete at GCC.  I have used a lot of the resources I generated for those classes in the classes I am teaching currently.  I would also encourage pre-service teachers to get into the classroom as much as possible, especially if you want to teach in the inner city. 

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

I would suggest that GCC students keep their options open and to not be picky.  Now is the time to try something that you would normally not want to try when you get older. 

 

What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture or sub-culture?  
The challenges of teaching in another culture are that sometimes you cannot relate to your students because you do not share some of the same experiences.  This makes it difficult to connect with them, and as a result, teach them!  On the other hadn, once relationships are established, it is very rewarding seeing your students develop academically and behaviorally as responsible citizens.  Teaching in another culture allows you to see the world of education in a different light.  It has helped me develop a well-rounded view about some of the things I learned and did not learn at GCC. 

 

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