Career Story: Science Teacher At A Private School

Science Teacher At A Private School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: A private school for grades PK-12.

Education: BS, Education, Boston University •• MA, Education, Columbia University

Previous Experience: I had an Artist-in-Residence grant with the North Carolina Arts council for 1986-87 school year and have been working at the school where I currently teach ever since, first in Phys. Ed. and now as a science teacher.

Job Tasks: I write original lessons and text for my science students each day when I prepare lessons. I read books and information on websites to get the most up-to-date information. I prepare hands-on labs for all my student. I teach about 5 classes a day on such units as the Solar System, Chemistry, Plants, Animals, Rocks and Minerals and Electricity.

I put together tests and grade tests and papers.

I have a recycling club and I do after-school science clubs and tutoring sessions.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being in class with the students, discussing, brainstorming and doing experiments.

Great part of my job is taking workshops out in the science field is an exciting learning experience. I have trekked in Yellowstone and the Smokies learning all sorts of science information that I would have never learned in the classroom. I also enjoy such duties as carpool duty and lunch duty. It gives you a chance to really get to know the parents and the students.

The worst part of my job is grading tests and doing report cards. I do about 200 of the latter.

Job Tips:
1. Be diversified. I had two majors, PE and biology. It gave me more job opportunities and I could change subject areas when I needed a new challenge

2. Observe awesome veteran teachers. You can learn all sorts of teaching methods that your college classes will never teach you.

3. Have a hobby in your life that you love. That love and passion can then be translated into your teaching and your students will LEARN!

Additional Thoughts: I wouldn't change a thing. I have enjoyed teaching for almost 30 years. I began in NYC at the Montessori School, taught on the college level, had an Artist-in-Residence grant and am now at a private school. I may even consider teaching abroad in the years to come. What a wonderful way to reach out and help someone grow and embrace the wonders of this world!

Popular Schools offering Science Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoClick 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

Matching School Ads

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: Science, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

  • Programs: M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A. in Gifted Education, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Ashford University

  • Programs: Education, Technology & Online Learning - Bachelors, Education, Technology & Online Learning - Masters, Higher Education - Bachelors, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Education Specialist: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education in Interdisciplinary Studies, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Bachelor, Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership - Higher Education Track, Master of Education in Higher Education , Doctor of Education in Organizatonal Leadership, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master, Doctorate

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.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Master of Education in Teaching & Learning, Master of Education (M.ED.), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate
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:

Back to Top