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Career Story: High School Honors-Level Science Teacher

High School Honors-Level Science Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: A public high school.

Education: BS, Secondary Science Education, Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA)

Previous Experience: I have done the same job for awhile.

Job Tasks: I teach AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Honors Oceanography and Honors Physics at a public high school. I also coach the Science Quiz Bowl, Ocean Bowl, and Science Olympiad teams. Basically I've got it made! I teach all upper level, college bound kids in advanced sciences and I get to work with them through all of their competitions. We've been to a lot of national competitions in over six or seven different states. Recently I finished grading AP Environmental Science free response questions in Nebraska (getting paid, of course) for nine days.

Teaching the upper levels challenges me while I challenge them. Every class develops a personality that I have to work with so we both get our jobs done successfully. I've also had great experiences with personal development trips to Ecuador, the beach (twice), Yellowstone and many more places. I consider teaching a huge responsibility and yet a very exciting career. Each day, class and year are a new adventure for me and I really enjoy it. I get a chance to make a difference in people's lives every day. Teaching Environmental Science students is a very eye-opening experience. It's amazing when students see for the first time the connections of everything they do to environmental use and stewardship. As a bonus....teaching keeps you young!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of teaching is the gratitude I receive when my students appreciate me and the education that I give them. It's also really great when they win a state championship in Ocean Bowl or Science Olympiad! It's a good feeling to know that what you do in the world really can make a difference in someone's life.

The worst part of my job is that I have to face colleagues everyday who don't share my zeal and teach with a restricted and negative attitude. Don't they realize it's not working for them?

Job Tips:
1. Follow your head and your heart. Learn and teach what you love.

2. When you're out looking for a job, don't just listen to the administrators. Talk to as many faculty members and students as you can. Get a real feel for your possible "new home and family."

3. Use a skill you have or would like to develop to add to your resume. You could volunteer at a science competition, take training, learn to coach a sport -- anything additional you can add to your career as a teacher.

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