Job Title: High School Teacher
Type of Company: I work for the public school system in a suburb of Raleigh.
Education: BS, Economics, North Carolina State University Science Education Certification, Lenoir Rhyne College
Previous Experience: I taught science for a community college in a juvenile prison unit for three years while pursuing my science education certification. I have been teaching in a public high school for seven years.
Job Tasks: I teach three periods a day in high school and have another period for planning. I teach Earth Science at both the honors and academic levels. I plan lessons and labs, write tests and quizzes and am responsible for grading the students' completed work. I work with other teachers who teach in the same subject area to plan common assessments and to share ideas and activities. I am responsible for taking daily attendance and entering it into the computer database system. When a student's grades or behavior are not up to par, I schedule conferences with the student and his parent to address the problem. I email parents weekly newsletters and give students and parents progress reports at the end of each unit. I also am the co-advisor for the student council and sponsor of the Dodgeball Club. I have monthly faculty meetings and serve on a committee to implement an advisor/advisee class. This class meets every other week and I teach and advise the students in that class.
A typical day at school looks something like this: I begin by setting up the materials for that day. I gather the necessary materials and set up my eight lab stations. I put out all the hand-outs for that day on a table in the front of the room. I check my email and mailbox. I decide what copies I will need for the next lesson and drop them off in the copy room. I grade some papers and then file them in the students folders. During each class, I give a quiz, notes and then explain the lab activity. I walk around and monitor the students work. During lunch, I help students who come to my classroom needing extra assistance. When school is finished, I pick up my copies for the next lesson and check the lab materials. I meet with student council members to plan activities or supervise the Dodgeball club. I grade more papers, contact parents and finally go home!
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love working with high school age students! They are bright and funny and eager to learn. I love their creativity and the unique view they have of the world. It makes my day when I see a student understand a concept for the first time. I am overjoyed when a student who has been struggling finds a way to be successful. I love being able to be a positive influence on students and to impact their lives.
The saddest thing for me is when students are apathetic or give up easily.
Job Tips: I would encourage anyone who is contemplating education as a career to be well-rounded in their course selection. You may end up teaching a subject in your area that is not your first choice. I started out with a biology minor and I taught that in my first job. Now, I teach earth and environmental sciences and I haven't taught biology in years.
Secondly, I would encourage someone interested in teaching to get as much education as possible before you begin work. It is more difficult to get your master's degree while teaching full-time. The pay increase for advanced degrees is worth the extra effort.
Click 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
Are you ready to advance or start your career inspiring minds and changing lives? Apply to join GCU's prestigious teaching community.
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.
Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.
100% Online & No Standardized Testing
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.
Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.
Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
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.
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.
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:
Please also see our detailed information about Secondary School Teachers, including: