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Career Story: Elementary Teacher In A Southern Public School

Elementary Teacher In A Southern Public School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a public school system in North Carolina.

Education: BS, Education, Ashland University •• M. Ed, Teaching English as a Second Language, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Previous Experience: I have been teaching in my current position for seven years and before that taught second and third grade for three years after graduating from college.

Job Tasks: I am a teacher. I plan lessons and prepare study materials for my students. I administer evaluations and assessments. I complete report cards and other forms of parent communication to inform parents of their children's progress and performance. I maintain paperwork, records and files for my students. I attend workshops and staff development and read books or articles to further my knowledge of good teaching practices. I attend staff and faculty meetings. I attend PTO functions and take part in fund raisers for the school. I put up bulletin boards. I keep in contact with other teachers as to plans and topics to work on as well as talking about student performances.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is working with the students. I am in a position where I get to work with small groups of students and also get to work with students in different grades.

The worst part is not having enough time to do more individual work with students who are struggling. We do not exactly get paid for the time that we spend after the bell rings doing prep work for our students and our classrooms.

Job Tips: College does a good job of preparing you but you gain so much more information during the first six months to a year of actually doing the job. Know that it is not a "cake" job and that it takes a lot of work and a lot of time to do "teacher stuff" - and much of that time is after the bell rings each day. You end up spending a lot of your own hard-earned money on things to use with your students or in your classroom.

Additional Thoughts: You need to be flexible. You need to have good time-management skills. You need to be organized and creative. You need to have good people skills and communication skills.

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