Job Title: Assistant Preschool Teacher
Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Boston
Education: graduate, Burdett School of Business (where I took some early childhood courses)
Previous Experience: I was an administrative assistant in a day-care center.
Job Tasks: While my specific duties are generally mundane (disinfecting toys, labeling and organizing classroom props), they contribute to our larger efforts to teach motor, coordination and social skills and to inculcate a sense of independence into children in our care. But its my responsibility also to communicate with parents and let them how their children are doing: who they played with (or fought with), how they did on their arts projects and whether or not they were tired. Keeping parents informed in this way helps to talk to their kids about school and to shape their personalities and goals.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is getting to play with the kids all day long. They have the drolest responses to open-ended questions. But it's a great feeling, too, to watch all the progress they make.
The hardest part of the job is sending them off to kindergarten. You really get attached to them.
Job Tips: If you get a kick out of teaching children even the smallest things (how to zip up their coats or wash their hands properly), this is the job for you. But you've got to have patience to deal with little children all day long.
This is a good field to get into if you are planning to have children yourself. You can continue to do it with a minimum of inconvenience once you pack them off to school, because you'll have exactly the same hours and the same days off as they do.
Additional Thoughts: The most important thing you need in this field is a kind-hearted, loving and caring disposition. And lots of patience to go along with it.
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