Becoming a Teacher
  

Where to begin?  Today’s gas prices are rising.  The housing market is falling through the cracks.  Debt in America is overflowing, and Social Security is disappearing.  This nation is going down the tubes.  Something needs to be done.  It is very apparent that the youth of this nation need to work hard to improve upon our mistakes.  I hope that one day in the not to distant future I can help inspire young minds to make those changes.

I began working with my father when I was younger as a carpenter’s helper.  It got to a point where I learned so much about this kind of work that I eventually went into that field.  My father was not particularly fond of it, but it is what he, his father, and many other people in our family have done.  I have worked in the Construction field for nearly ten years now.  It is hard work, and not stable.  It is not how I want to provide for my family.  I have always enjoyed writing and mentoring.  Therefore I have taken the initiative to become an English teacher. 

            I took the First step by going back to school.  “All states require at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and some states require a master's degree” (AllEducationSchools.com).  This is my first semester.  I have discovered that this will not be an easy task.  “Public high school teachers all need to be certified by the state in which they plan to teach (a process which involves a police background check as well as fulfilling certain educational and experience requirements), but teachers in private high schools do not always need to have such certification” (Education Portal).  I am not of a very religious family, making most private schools out of the question.  I’m most positive that a Catholic private school is not going to hire someone that does not believe in their faith.

            “Including school duties performed outside the classroom, many teachers work more than 40 hours a week” (U.S. Department of Labor).  This is nothing new to me, being in construction meant sometimes working fourteen to sixteen hour shifts.  “In some cases, teachers of kindergarten through high school may attain professional certification in order to demonstrate competency beyond that required for a license.  All States recognize national certification, and many States and school districts provide special benefits to teachers who earn certification. Benefits typically include higher salaries and reimbursement for continuing education and certification fees. In addition, many States allow nationally certified teachers to carry a license from one State to another” ( U.S. Department of Labor).  This is something interesting that I think I will look into more after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree.  With the huge public school budget cuts I heard about on the radio, moving to another state to teach might be an option in the future.

            I only moved to Florida about three years ago.  I’m not particularly fond of how hot it get’s during the summer or all the thunder storms.  I do not wish to go back to Virginia.  It definitely gets to cold there, so I am thinking of a somewhere little in between.  Somewhere where it does not get to cold, but where it also doesn’t get brain melting hot for eight months out of the year.  South Carolina has poked around the back of my mind for a while now.  It just might be a little hard to convince my wife to move to another state again.  It will be especially hard to convince because we have no family or friends there.

            I have heard from many people that a teacher’s salary is low.  That I should not expect much.  I really did not expect to ever be rich.  I do not really care either.   “Median salary of less than one year as a teacher is thirty-four thousand nine hundred seventy dollars” (Payscale.com).  I do not think that is so bad.  “The median salary for five to nine years as a high school teacher is forty-three thousand five hundred twenty six dollars”(Payscale.com).  South Carolina ranked 28th in the nation for its average teacher salary in 2003-04, according to the American Federation of Teachers’” ( www.aft.org). 

            I have worked construction for so long now that I do not even remember what a full time job feels like.  I always associated doing a good job with getting fired.  I was the Paint foreman for the Engineering III building at the University of Central Florida.  I did a good job making sure that the building was properly finished, and when the job was finished so was my employment.

            I want to go to work were I can be appreciated.  I want to enjoy my job.  Obtain a career I can be proud of, and not have to worry that if I do a good job I’ll get fired.  I know it will take a lot of hard work.  It will not always be easy on my quest, but I am ready for that.

            My biggest obstacle will be to get though school.  Over 30% of college students leave after the first year and almost 50% never graduate, according to the Department of Education” (www.youngmoney.com).  I am the first one in my immediate family to go to any college.  I plan to finish the job.  My biggest issue is with tuition money.  I can borrow, but luckily scholarships and grants are available. 

The Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full-time for five consecutive complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $5,000, and in some cases up to $17,500, in principal and interest of their Direct Loan and/or Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans and certain consolidation loans” ( www.aessuccess.org).  My biggest problem has now been solved.  I can easily borrow the money to get through school.  Then afterwards, while starting my fresh career as a school teacher, work towards free loan payoffs. 

This is what I want to do.  It might not be the prettiest or best paying job, but I will enjoy it.  I will do my best.  I have made up my mind, and I do not think anything would change it.

         

           

              

 

 

 

“How to Become a High School Teacher.” http://education-portal.com. April 15, 2008 <http://education-portal.com/how_to_become_a_high_school_teacher.html>  

 

Become a Teacher.” www.alleducationschools.com. April 14, 2008 <http://www.alleducationschools.com/faqs/gettingstarted.php>

 

 Teachers—Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary.” www.bls.gov. April 15, 2008 <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm>

 
“South Carolina Ranks 28th in the Nation for Teacher Pay.” www.aft.org April 15, 2008 <http://www.aft.org/salary/2004/download/releases/SalarySurvey-SC.pdf>

 

“Salary Survey Report for Job: High School Teacher.” www.payscale.com April 11, 2008 <http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=High_School_Teacher/Salary> 

 

College Drop Out Rate is a Growing Problem.” www.youngmoney.com. April 09, 2008 <http://www.youngmoney.com/blog/?p=25>

Comments:
 
danicpa68   danicpa68 wrote
on 4/24/2008 5:20:42 PM
This is an awesome calling. I wish you luck. I just switched my major from teaching to Liberal Arts and not sure where I am going yet. My first Education class was very eye opening and showed me that is is not where I need to be.

StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 4/22/2008 11:52:35 PM
I admire your spirit and your determination. You want to make a difference in the lives of someone, especially those you teach. And with your compassion, I have no doubts that you will. I wish you the best in your quest. My prayers go out to you.

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