Which describes your path to becoming a teacher most closely?
Master’s Degree in Education/Teaching Fellows Program
What did you major in in college and what college degrees do you have?
Majored in History, Double Minor in Political Science and Economics, but took Education courses because of Teaching Fellows.
Did you have other full-time jobs before you became a teacher? If so, what were they?
College Academic Counselor
When in your life did you decide you wanted to become a teacher?
Did you complete student teaching before becoming a teacher? If so, describe that experience.
Yes, Durham School of the Arts. I observed the class once a week the first semester, then completed student teaching experience in the spring semester. I progressively took over classes and progressively handed them back over. All five courses were in Civics and Economics. The cooperating teacher was amazing but had to have surgery during and was completely on my own for 4 weeks.
What are the pros and cons of being certified in the method you used?
Being a Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, I had to get my undergraduate degree in my content area and Master’s in teaching.
Pros: Master’s Degree, Stronger content knowledge
Cons: Longer time in college
Would you recommend your path to becoming a teacher to others? Why or why not?
I would recommend this to anyone. I have a stronger and more holistic background in my content area and was able to be fully submerged in the education classes while still having a full background in my content rather than trying to get both at once. The pay bump is also nice :)
How many years of experience to you have in the classroom? Do you plan to remain a teacher or do you have other career aspirations?
4 years in the classroom and I plan to remain a classroom teacher for the long term.