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Featuring Christy (Scurlock) Bellamy '12

 

 

Position: 8th Grade Math Teacher

School: Twinsburg City School District

Location: Twinsburg City, OH

Certification: Mathematics Secondary Education

(Profiled: February 2014)

 

♦  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?

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.


What attracted you to this position?

I loved that I would get to teach Algebra, Geometry, and 8th Grade Math.  There is a lot of variety in my day.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

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.

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


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

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.

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

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.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

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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