Career Story: High School Science Teacher And Graduation Advisor

High School Science Teacher And Graduation Advisor

Job Title: Science Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school in coastal North Carolina.

Education: M.Ed, Science Education

Previous Experience: I was a graduate assistant in college.

Job Tasks: I teach three science classes every semester. I am responsible for covering the standard course of study in each of my biology and physical science classes. I am also responsible for preparing my Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced placement Environmental Science students for the AP exams. I also am co chair for baccalaureate and graduation. This task requires me to serve as a liaison with the company we order announcements and caps and gowns from, work with the seniors to pick a class song, motto and flower, help the kids pick speakers for both events and to set-up and decorate for them too.

I am also department chair which requires me to place orders for my department and to create class schedules, working with the assistant principal or all of my teachers. I am also on the school improvement team. We meet once a month and discuss issues that are brought to us by other teachers, students and or parents.

This year, all teachers were asked to be graduation project advisors. I have really enjoyed this; we are to help our seniors complete all parts of the project.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is interacting with kids all day and watching them grow and mature over their four years of high school. I also love watching them learn and make connections between subjects.

The worst part of the job is the stress induced by trying to complete the standard course of study in the time allotted, and to do it well enough so that kids can do well on the end-of-course test.

Job Tips:
1.) Spend lots of times in different types of classrooms before you decide which grade level and subject you want to teach.

2.) Always remember that you are the adult; never try to win one over on a kid.

3.) Always be kind to the office and janitorial staff. They can make the school a much more pleasant place to be.

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