dcsimg

Career Story: English Teacher At A Middle School

English Teacher At A Middle School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in northern Massachusetts.

Education: BA, English, Boston College •• JD, Massachusetts School of Law (Andover, MA)

Previous Experience: I started as a victim advocate in the District Attorney's Office where I worked for 9 years. I attended law school at night and subsequently became an Assistant District Attorney for Essex County, Massachusetts (northeast of Boston). But I wanted to start a family and work directly with kids, so I decided to use my undergraduate degree and teach English.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for teaching grammar, composition, and literature to middle school students, using the Massachusetts standardized curriculum that's known as the state "Framework." I am responsible for teaching four hour-long classes a day to approximately 90 students. The grammar I teach includes parts of speech, punctuation, and sentence structure. Composition tries to accustom kids to the writing process with a focus on descriptive and narrative writing. The literature I teach includes short stories, drama, poetry, mythology and nonfiction. Part of the curriculum is devoted to preparing my students for the statewide tests known as MCAS exams.

In addition to academics, my job involves dealing with adolescent behavior. As a teacher of middle school students, I find I am responsible to teach life lessons as well as English. Another facet of my job involves acting as a liaison between my team of teachers and the school's administration. These duties also include scheduling all students for our entire team each spring.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with kids who enjoy and are engaged in learning. For the most part, I have control over my day and can make it as fun as I like. Of course, there is always a time when we have to get down to business, but making that "business" fun for students so they enjoy learning is a great feeling.

The worst part of my job is dealing with politics; this can include difficult parents and an uncooperative administration. It's also difficult dealing with students who are not invested in their own learning.

Job Tips: Finish all necessary schooling before you start. It's hard to work full-time and take classes part-time. Make sure you really enjoy it, and that teaching is for you! Pay attention to everything you are feeling when you student-teach, but understand it gets better with every year that you teach. Know that you never have it all down; it's a constant work-in-progress and you should always be looking at ways to improve your teaching. Lean on your colleagues for advice. And most importantly, the minute you feel burnt-out, you should be done teaching.

Additional Thoughts: A huge misconception is that teachers are greedy and that teaching is easy! I changed careers from being an attorney to go into teaching. I never realized how underpaid and overworked teachers are!

Popular Schools offering English Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoClick 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

Matching School Ads

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!

  • Programs: B.A. in English for Secondary Education, M.S. in Instructional Technology, M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

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.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K - Adult), M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English Language Development, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: English Second Language - PhD in Education, English Second Language - EdS, English Second Language - Doctor of Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

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).

  • Programs: Online Accelerated Teaching Certification , MS in Education - Instructional Technology - Master's Only, MS in Education - Secondary Education
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology, Master of Science in Education
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Instructional Design & Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Middle School Teachers

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.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

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:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Middle School Teachers, including:

Back to Top