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Featuring Jennifer Basner '00

 

 

Position: Third Grade

School: Berlin Community School, Berlin Borough of Education

Location: Berlin, NJ

Certification: Early Childhood and Elementary

Information on Jennifer's Graduate School Experience

(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?

Have you had any other positions within education?

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I was a long-term substitute in my current district.  The Third Grade position opened while I was still in the school.  It was a true blessing.

 
What attracted you to this position?

I had taught 2nd Grade for five years prior to moving to New Jersey.  I loved the age/grade of these children.  It was also a co-teaching classroom, and I was very interested in co-teaching.


What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

I love the AHA moments.  When a student in struggling to understand a concept, and I teach it in a different way, and the light bulb just clicks on, it makes each moment of teaching worthwhile.  Also, when former students return to visit me and let me know what they are doing with their lives, I am honored to have been a small part of their success.

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

As a first-year teacher, I was challenged by the need to create lessons that met each and every student in the classroom.  This needed to be done with every lesson, every day, and it was a challenge. 


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

I would say that GCC helped prepare me in many ways.  The practicum opportunities, as well as my student teaching were good glimpses into the world of education.  The cooperating teachers that I worked with were welcoming and so very helpful.  Also, the resources of the College (the Curriculum Library, professors, other students) helped me realize that wherever I was, I would always have GCC to turn to if I was in need of assistance. 


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

Take advantage of ALL of the opportunities you have during your years at GCC.  When you are in the classroom, glean as much information as you can from your cooperating teacher.  Volunteer in the schools in the area.  Tutor kids in need.  Find opportunities to work with children in the local churches.  Each time you are in contact with children, you are preparing for your own classroom and the years you have ahead of you in your career.

 

Have you had any other positions within education?

I have always been a classroom teacher; however I spent 7 years in an Inclusion classroom with a Special Education co-teacher.  This was a great experience, and one that I would highly recommend.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

-Don’t be afraid of the opportunities that are open to you.  When I graduated from GCC, I could not find a teaching job in a public school in my area.  I was offered a position at Grove City Christian Academy, and was hesitant to accept because I didn’t want to teach at a private school.  I am so glad that I accepted that position, as it was a great 5 years!  I would still be there if I had not moved to New Jersey.

-Also, use connections in the area where you want to teach.  I am at the district where my mother-in-law was the school nurse.  Make connections with teachers while you are student teaching.  Substituting and working as an aide is a great way to get your name known in a school if you are unable to find a job right away.

 

Jennifer also was recognized as an outstanding teacher by President Obama.  Read her article in the Gedunk here

 

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