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Career Story: Teacher At A Non-Profit Preschool

Teacher At A Non-Profit Preschool

Job Title: Pre-School Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a small non-profit pre-school.

Education: some college classes, various colleges •• AS, Nursing, Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield, MA)

Previous Experience: I am a nurse but wanted to teach young children. I love the job and the hours are perfect for raising my own family.

Job Tasks: I am a teacher for two distinct groups of children. I have a group of 8-10 pre-4's (children who are older than the three-year olds who will turn four that school year). I also have a group of 8 pre-3's, some as young as 2 years 9 months. We mold our program to focus on socialization, learning routines and respect for teachers. We encourage imaginative play and the cultivation of fine/gross motor skills, art, free play and community projects.

A typical day has art, circle time where we discuss a theme for the week. We vary our themes every week and touch on the basics of the alphabet and numbers. Our themes bring various art projects and outside activities that go along with the theme. We also have story time, snacks, free play and outside time every day (weather permitting). If it is too cold or wet to go outside we have various activities to do inside. We have indoor playground equipment, parachutes and other gross motor activities to keep the children busy and happy. We also offer a lunch program where the children bring a lunch to school and eat alongside the teacher, and we have fun activities, a story and more outside play. I love being with the kids, learning from them and hopefully teaching them the fundamentals of becoming good students and fine human beings.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being with the kids. I love to play with them, get right on the floor and build blocks, play pretend, etc. They are so willing to learn and share at that age. The are just beginning their journey into a bigger world. I hope that I can help them adapt and teach them to be kind, curious, imaginative children.

The worst part is dealing with rigid parents who think that their way is the only way and who don't believe their children can be angry or mean. I also hate to see kids who are in need of more love and attention than their parents can provide. Children are a blessing and you don't need money or a fancy house. You just need to put the time and effort and love into raising a wonderful human. The rewards for this are endless.

Job Tips:
1. It is very rewarding to see the simple thing you have taught come out in a child.

2. The job pays very little and you spend more on supplies than your paycheck.

3. Finish school and get a degree in teaching.

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