Career Story: First Grade Teacher At A Magnet School

First Grade Teacher At A Magnet School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a suburb of Raleigh.

Education: BS, Elementary Education

Previous Experience: I was a substitute teacher and a daycare worker.

Job Tasks: I now teach first grade at an international magnet school. Here students in kindergarten through fifth grade integrate essential life skills (inquiry, confidence, integrity) into every day curriculum.

In first grade, I teach students reading skills: fluency, common words, and story structure. We learn math skills such as time to the hour and half hour, addition, subtraction, problem solving, and coin identification. In science we learn about plants, animals, balance and motion. We also have a unit on solids and liquids.

In social studies we learn about inventors, leaders, economics, and voting.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is seeing students' academic and social growth over a period of a few months. It is rewarding when a student begins to understand things that were difficult for them. I only work 180 days a year.

The worst part is presiding over students who have little or no support at home. At six and seven years of age, they definitely still need adults to assist them. It is also bad when they mistreat each other. They are taught respect in school, so many of their actions reflect learned behaviors from home.

Job Tips:
1.) You have to have patience if you want to be in this field

2.) You are not in it for the money

3.) The worst part is dealing with adults. The children are great.

You have to choose your battles with little ones. You must watch what you say and how you say it. They are so easily influenced, but still, teaching is one of the most rewarding careers in the world. It gives you many opportunities to learn and opportunities to travel.

Additional Thoughts: I plan to make as much money as I can doing the same job. I will be able to pursue a doctorate and teach at the same time. I love my job because it has opened many doors for me.

Popular Schools offering Elementary Education Teaching Programs

Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

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

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

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.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Additional Career Stories for Elementary 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:

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 Elementary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top