Featuring Christy (Scurlock) Bellamy '12
8th Grade Math Teacher
(Profiled: February 2014)
The job was posted on the school district’s website. I am not from Ohio so
I did most of my job searching online. I bookmarked the employment page of
all of the schools that interested me. I had a huge list saved in my
‘favorites’ folder that I would click through every day to see if any new
jobs had been posted.
I loved that I would get to teach Algebra, Geometry, and
8th Grade Math. There is a lot of variety in my day.
The most gratifying aspect of the job is building relationships with
students in the classroom and through clubs/sports. This year I was the
assistant cross country coach and the robotics club sponsor. Get involved!
The students will be very excited to have your support.
I think it is difficult whenever you start something new. The beginning
seems tough because it is all brand new. I remember being totally confused
about the bell schedule and trying to learn all of the other teachers’
names (not to mention all of my students). The second year is much easier.
I was more comfortable, confident, and prepared.
I am so thankful for all of the classes and professors from GCC. I
learned a lot in my education classes that I use today. Getting experience
in the classroom is key! The lessons you learn during field experiences
and student teaching are invaluable.
For me, organization is key. With 140 students’ papers, tests, and grades
to keep track of, I cannot afford to be disorganized. Come up with a
filing/organizing system that works for you. Also, try to be
“student-centered” in your teaching. I am constantly thinking about the
kids and what is best for them. Finally, be prayerful about your job! Pray
for your students and pray for wisdom as a teacher.
Don’t lose heart! I was not hired until two days before school started.
Treat each interview as a learning experience and do not get discouraged.
My district liked the Teaching Portfolio that I made because it looked
professional and had photos from my student teaching experience. In the
interviews I tried to support my answers with real examples from student
teaching or field experiences.
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