Job Title: Teacher
Type of Company: I work in a rural Title I school in western North Carolina
Education: BA, Liberal Studies, California State University at Sacramento M.Ed., Western Carolina University
Previous Experience: I over the past twenty years I've taught the fifth, sixth and eighth grades.
Job Tasks: I currently teach fifth grade science. I have 80 students in 3 classes, 3 times a week. I also teach the same 80 students technology in 6 classes a week. My final class is geography: same students, 6 classes a week. These are my teaching duties, which also involve writing lesson plans, grading assignments and planning remediation. We also have faculty meeting and morning duty on different weeks. I also have an environmental club one afternoon each week.
Each year this can change. I might be moved to another grade; I haven't had this happen, but I could or I might leave a team teaching situation and move to a self-contained classroom. That is a classroom where I teach one class, but teach all subjects. I don't mind this, but it's a lot of fun teaching the three subjects I teach!!!
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with the kids in areas with which I have a passion. I love teaching science, technology and geography because they all tie into each other.
The worst part is all of the paper work and state testing. It's a lot of pressure. I often don't feel I have enough time to do all the work I need to do. We have a lot of requirements and it leaves little time for just fun stuff, which is also a part of learning!
Job Tips: Make sure you love what you are doing. It's not a job to do for the money. Have a passion for what you teach! Keep learning, don't ever become happy just doing the same exact thing each year. There are many opportunities to keep informing yourself as you further along your career.
Additional Thoughts: Work in a classroom as a volunteer or as a substitute. Get experience with kids before investing all the time of college and finding out you don't like to be around kids!
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.
Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.
At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including: