Featuring Jennifer Basner '00
Position: Third Grade
(Profiled: February 2014)
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
-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.
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