|How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
Being a student for many many years (and still currently) provided a great background for teaching. This coupled with participation in various organizing committees including Model United Nations and various public speaking opportunities have prepared me in one way or another to be a focused, innovative and caring teacher.
|Prior to beginning my educational career just out of college, I served (and continue to do so at this time) on my town's volunteer ambulance corps in several elected positions. Being an EMT since the age of 16, I was well used to thinking on my feet once I started teaching in a classroom.
Emergency professionals are known to have a sense of humor that is anything but standard, so I have always been able to deal with how "odd" pre-teens and teenagers can be. However, my time served as a Lieutenant and Captain in the same organization proved to be the most preparatory, as it enabled me to hone my leadership skills and learn how to delegate authority when needed (skills that are very valuable within the classroom).
How did I become interested in education? I have to admit that becoming a teacher was not first on my list of career paths. I applied to colleges as a Senior in high school with the intention of working in communications (goal: TV news reporter). However, I discovered that I enjoyed working with children after I was selected as a Peer Leader for my Senior year in high school (Freshmen were in deed considered "children" to the Seniors). When I started college in the fall, I changed my major to Early Childhood Education with the intention of teaching Kindergarten through Second grade. By Junior year in college, volunteering on the ambulance corps had such a profound effect on my aspirations that I changed my major to Biology, with the plan to apply to Physician's Assistant programs after graduation. While taking Chemistry and working with my study group (somehow, I understood the material first and then re-taught it to my friends), I realized that I still loved teaching and decided to pursue science education.
I never hide my academic/career indecisiveness from my students - I want them to know that experiences can change what their goals are, and that it is absolutely okay. It's not how long that it took me to decide what I wanted to do with my life that matters, it's that I finally found something that I loved, something that challenges me every day, that matters.
I have been teaching since I left school. Teaching is just something I am really interested in.
My father was a teacher and I am very amazed with my father's job. Almost everyday, at the time, I imagine that one day I will become a teacher like my father.
Back in high school, I was part of Future Teachers of America. We were allowed 2 hours a week to be a teacher's aid in a local elementary school. However, my career path did not lead me to teaching right away. My BA is in Psychology/Sociology.
It was when I was between jobs that a friend suggested I do substitute teaching. From there, I was hired to teach 3rd and 4th grades and did so for four more years before getting my Masters in Social Work.
Education and social work are heavily related.
As a student nurse (RMN & RGN) the course included training with ongoing updates as a nurse assessor.
I have completed the PG Certificate in Education.
In the 1980s I wrote several computer aided learning programs on the BBC micro.
I regularly act as mentor for nursing and other students on placement.
My family is a military one, so I have ample experience with relocating to a different area very frequently.
I was home-schooled, so I also have a solid idea of what it takes to teach a student.
As I teenager, I was involved with Canada's Sea Cadet program, which was instrumental in building my leadership and instructing skills.
I became interested in education when I was in the classroom, and realised I had an audience before me willing to learn what I was about to teach. That revelation resonated very strongly within me.
Teaching is the purpose and mission of my life . I began teaching English as a second language, since I study to become a Translator.
In 2001 I got a scholarship at ACT AND ART MUSICAL THEATER, a three year course that prepared you to become an actor in musical theater.
My interest in teaching the craft made me apply for a job as a teacher there when I finished. I became the assistant director and co writer of the Shows for that school.
I´ve been teaching acting ever since.
I develop the schema before teaching.
I perceive education is belong to students
My HS band director was very influential in my career choice. He was legendary in the music education field.
I think my grandparents first got me interested in herbalism. As a child I roamed their small farm, mingling with the animals and plants. I was alone with no other playmates so learned early on how to communicate with my animal and plant friends. That ability has never left me, and today I use it still.
Both my parents and one grandmother were teachers. I didn't think I wanted to teach, but as I grew older and became more involved in my herbal studies I became passionate about sharing that knowledge. I love it when a student, formal or informal, catches that passion and in turn learns to empower him or herself by taking charge of their own health decisions.
I learned "on the job", but was educated as a teacher (B.A. in Modern Languages & Education) & taught others what I was able to figure out from the start, BUT I was dragged kicking & screaming by Rosetta LeNoire to teach regular, twice-weekly classes for her Amas Repertory Theater School in 1968. Before that I taught children & individuals from 1961 on an "as the opportunity arose" basis.
Have my own "official" school since 1970.
I was bullied for 27 years and have taken what happened to me and how I have been learning to overcome it by educating others on this serious topic. Educating that this is outright abusive behavior.
I grew up wanting to teach, raising my aspirations with every grade from elementary through secondary through college and beyond graduate school. The climb in ages corresponded with ever broader perspectives so that today I aspire to reconcile divergent cultures and viewpoints.
I ended my 30-year Air Force career teaching at the National Defense University in Washington, DC and LOVED it.
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