Career Story: Teacher At A Private School

Teacher At A Private School

Job Title: Teacher

Education: MA + 60 credits •• BA Cardinal Cushing College •• MA University of Massachusetts •• +60 credits- University of Virginia

Previous Experience: I have been a Teacher in grades 2, 4, 5, 6 all subjects , and 7, and 8 social studies and English. I was also a School Counselor for 15 years for grades kindergarten through grade 6.

Job Tasks: A teacher works all day 7:00 - 3:00 and many hours at home doing preparations, correcting papers. During the school day besides teaching, there are many recess, lunch duty responsibilities. There are also parent conferences and tutoring for students who need extra help after school many days. There are many times that you are dealing with students with emotional, educational, and physical problems. etc.

Teachers are molding the future citizens of America and a very important part of that process.

Sometimes you, the teacher, spend more time with your students than their own parents since the majority of families have both parents working and have very little time for their own children.

I bet there are many people who would be great teachers but do not go into the profession because they can not support a family on the salary. We need to improve salaries of teachers so they can live in the community they work in and not have to work two jobs to support their family. I bet if you took a poll, many would admit to working many jobs while also school teaching. We need to have better salaries for teachers to ensure that our children get the best teachers and the best education possible. This is how we as Americans can continue to grow with all the diversity here.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is watching the educational, emotional and physical growth of students. It is very rewarding.

The worst part of the job is all the paperwork and meetings after school. The next worst thing is the salaries. They do not compare with people in industry with the same amount of education and in most cases more education required for teachers.

Job Tips: Do not expect much money for the hours that you put into your work. The more degrees that you have the more money you receive but there is always a ceiling after a certain amount of years.

You have to constantly be completing more course work, going to conferences, etc.

Expect to have to do work at home after your work day.

Additional Thoughts: If you like children, and do not expect to make millions, teaching is a very rewarding experience.

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