dcsimg

Career Story: High School Acting, Psychology And History Teacher

High School Acting, Psychology And History Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Boston.

Education: law degree/arts degree, Melbourne University (Melbourne, Australia) •• BA, Education, Monash University, (Clayton, Victoria, Australia) •• certificate, English as a Foreign Language, Cambridge University (UK) •• M.Ed. (in progress), History, Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA)

Previous Experience: I have been a teacher in six different schools over the past 25 years and a department head for most of that time. I have also been a high school theatre director for most of that time. Along the way, I served as the academic dean of a private school for three years.

Job Tasks: I teach acting, psychology and history. I also direct my high school's theatre program. This involves me in mounting three seasons of theatre a year: fall, winter, and spring. The whole process -- auditions, rehearsals, and performances -- occupies me for at least two or three hours after school every day. I am also a member of the executive council of my state's high school theatre guild which means I attend monthly meetings on Saturdays and perform other work outside of regular teaching hours.

My teaching requires me to work in the classroom every day, usually for four class periods per day. The usual grading, marking, and preparation after regular hours is, of course, also a part of my job. When my state's high school theatre festival is in progress, I work typically for 3 or 4 days helping to run the program. In all, there are only about 3 weeks in the year when I do not have substantial after-school obligations.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job are invariably those connected with students. Watching students arrive at the 'aha' moment, sharing in the great satisfaction of producing a successful stage show, applauding my students when they win awards - these are all among the best moments. It is a heart-warming experience to realize (every day) that we are all joined in a single endeavor. I love it when my students are right and I am wrong, and I learn something from them.

Job Tips:
1. Relax, be yourself, allow your own personality to play a role in the classroom, in the theatre, wherever.

2. Do everything you can to achieve complete mastery in your teaching disciplines and read a great deal. Students respond to the passion, never to the faker.

3. Always be honest with your students. They can see through dishonesty or disingenuousness almost instantaneously. Let them know you treat the process as a joint endeavor, that you are not setting yourself up as some kind of autocrat in the classroom.

Popular Schools offering History Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

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

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA Teaching: Middle Grades, M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning, M.Ed: Teaching & Learning Student Services, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Associate

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Global Training and Development - EdS, E-Learning - EdS, MEd - Reading Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, more...
  • Degrees: 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: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Technology Education (Master of Education) - Online
  • Degrees: Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: PhD in Instructional Design and Technology, Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Certificate

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Secondary 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 Secondary School Teachers, including: