Career Story: Suburban High School Math Teacher

Suburban High School Math Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in the suburbs.

Education: BA, Math and Education, Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA)

Previous Experience: I worked as a tutor for about four years and also was a substitute teacher at three different schools.

Job Tasks: As a high school math teacher, I have to teach them both the mathematics assigned to me and responsibility and values. It is my duty to monitor the student behavior as well as inculcate lessons. I have to stay up-to-date with technology and use it to present new topics. I also must design activities and projects that will be of interest to the students.

On a typical day I arrive at school before the students, check my mailbox to see if there are passes or handouts for them and then prepare my papers and presentations while monitoring the hallways. When school begins I teach five straight classes. Each has its distinctive personality and I have to adjust my teaching style accordingly. Some classes can be given more freedom and will excel with just a little guidance. Other classes need to be kept continuously busy or they will have trouble getting along. Each lesson, therefore, is slightly different.

I eat my lunch while I update my class websites so that the students will be able to check the homework assignment if they forget what was assigned. After lunch I get a break during which I must make the photocopies for the next day, do the homework I assigned each class (so I can go over the answers the following day) and write out the lesson plans. I try to do plans for more than one day at a time in case there is an emergency and I have to miss school. After this I have a meeting with the other teachers. We often have parents come in when their children have been struggling. Other times we meet by ourselves to talk about which students need extra support.

After the school day ends I have to stay late to do follow up work from the day. I sometimes have to make parent calls for misbehavior. Other times I need to stay to proctor a student detention, give extra help, or offer make-up tests to students who have been absent. I go home at least an hour after the students do. At home I have time to eat dinner, correct student papers, look for new ways to present the material, and go to bed. The next day it starts all over again.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is seeing a student who is struggling finally "get it." It's like you can see the light bulb go on. The worst part of the job is dealing with the discipline problems and trying to motivate students who have no interest in grades.

Job Tips: I would suggest volunteering with students around the same age group. Substitute teaching is also a huge help. You can get a glimpse of how well you'll handle the daily drama without having to sign on to doing it for a year at a time. Another helpful tip I was told is to make a folder with all the reasons you want to teach. That way on a really bad day you can look at it and remember.

Popular Schools offering Math 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

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

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

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

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: General Education - Doctor of Education, MEd - Reading Education, E-Learning - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, 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

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

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.

  • Programs: Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate, Secondary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate
  • Degrees: 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
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104