Career Story: Teacher In A Public Elementary School

Teacher In A Public Elementary School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work in a suburb of Boston.

Education: MA, Education

Previous Experience: I worked in a day care center in high school. After graduating from college I spent two years teaching at a private school.

Job Tasks: Teaching is more than just standing at the front of the classroom. There are so many aspects to it. I am a mentor, friend, nurse, and disciplinarian. I work with students on assignments. I grade student work. I do recess duty daily, which is always interesting. I cover other classrooms as needed. (This is great experience to see what other grades are learning in their classes.) I also administer state-wide tests to students in small groups.

Teaching is a career where you need to have good communication skills, not just with the students, but also with their parents and guardians, the principal and other teachers. This is sometimes on a personal level or strictly academic. It is such a great reward working with children. There are some days that are harder than others, but overall, teaching is a lot of fun. I was lucky to have a good education that prepared me well for this field, which is what I always knew I wanted to do. Many people think that because the school day ends at 3 teachers just leave, but, the truth is, we stay late and often put in more than an 8 hour day. Almost always we take work home with us. Yes, we do have summers off but we are constantly thinking about the school year to come and working on our skills. And this can often mean taking classes to better ourselves.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is working with kids. They get so excited over certain things and it's so much fun to watch. It is very fulfilling to go home and know that I made a difference in someone's life.

The worst part of the job is all the paperwork and testing that takes place. It can be overwhelming.

Job Tips: When starting out don't be afraid to take the lowest-paid job. Don't worry about pay and benefits, just work on building up your resume. No matter what job you take be sure to do your best. Continue to work on your education. It always pays off in the end.

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