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Career Story: Teaching Assistant In A Suburban Kindergarten

Teaching Assistant In A Suburban Kindergarten

Job Title: Teacher Assistant

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a suburb of Schenectady, NY.

Education: BA, Elementary Education, College of St. Rose •• BS, Special Education, Mount Saint Mary College

Previous Experience: I served as a teacher volunteer in the elementary school my children attended before moving to the place I live now . I also tutored elementary school children and substitute taught in area school district.

Job Tasks: I work with elementary school children teaching phonics and reading. I primarily work with kindergartners and first graders. The program I teach is designed to speed children's mastery of reading. I teach through a variety of mediums, like games, manipulatives, worksheets, journals, and board work. I also provide a program that supports children who are having difficulty adjusting to the school environment and socializing. This program is based in Rochester and is recognized nationally for helping children socially, emotionally and educationally.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The very best part of my job is that no two days are ever the same, and can never get bored with my job. The children are amazing and to see their growth throughout the year is very touching. I work with an amazing group of people who care for children as much as I do and our philosophies are very similar.

One of the job's drawbacks are the politics involved. Sometimes I feel personally that the children suffer at the expense of a political decision. It's unfair and at times not in the best interest of the children that are involved.

Job Tips: Try to be prepared to deal with people who make decisions that you cannot have any control over. At times your opinion means nothing and a feeling of inadequacy can prevail. It's frustrating, but in the long run, those issues need to be set aside and ultimately, the children are the primary reason for you to be in the job that you are currently interested in pursuing. Remember that you are one of the people who are shaping the future of America!

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