Teacher (Female, Age 41) in Haines City, FL

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Current Job

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Job TitleTeacher
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size(not answered)
LocationHaines City, FL
Years Experience1 year

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Years in Career0
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Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Public school, middle grades, 800 students school-wide, 187 students in my class.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I teach art to middle school students. I am responsible for writing and implementing lesson plans for 7 classes of 3 levels of art. I mark and record their grades, communicate with colleagues and parents, maintain professional certification through continuing professional development.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
11 sick leave days, 3 personal leave days, employer contributed retirement plan, partially subsidized health plan

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, I work with others on a daily basis. I like making a difference to the development of student learning. I like classroom teaching. I dislike the extra duties and hours spent after school times.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
School. I like the size of my classroom and the access to other professionals. I dislike the poor building maintenance and lack of cleanliness.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 5
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amprepare for work, drive in.
8am to 9amArrive at work, sign in, check mail slot, log-in to email and attendance system. Reply to parent email requesting feedback about student. 8:30 report to morning duty post, outside. Spend next half hour greeting students, reminding several of dress code or to moderate language. Make sure flow of traffic is moving, send students to class.
9am to 10amgreet students, take attendance, turn on tv for announcements, stand for Pledge of Allegiance, introduce lesson, pass out papers, pass out supplies, walk around classroom, monitoring student progress.
10am to 11amContinue lesson, help students tidy workspace, collect supplies, collect papers, respond to 3 emails regarding student concerns. Dismiss students. Begin second lesson. Greet students, discuss make-up work with student who was absent, take attendance, introduce lesson, pass out papers, pass out supplies, walk around classroom monitoring student progress.
11am to 12pmContinue lesson, plug-in overhead projector, clean up spill at sink, find a pencil, help students tidy workspace, collect supplies, collect papers, respond to another email regarding student concerns, answer loudspeaker announcement. Dismiss students.
12pm to 1pmBegin third lesson. Greet students, discuss make-up work with students who were absent, introduce lesson, pass out papers, pass out supplies, walk around classroom monitoring student progress, disicpline students who are off task, write referral for student who refuses to work, write clinic pass for ill student.
1pm to 2pmContinue lesson, write 2 bathroom passes. Help students tidy workspace, collect papers, collect supplies, walk students to cafeteria for lunch. Return to classroom to eat lunch, answer 4 more emails, use bathroom, pour a cup of tea, sit quietly for 5 minutes. Apply for duty leave for professional development day, apply for substitute cover, check mail slot for dismissal handouts to give to last group of students.
2pm to 3pmGreet students, take attendance, introduce lesson, pack up supplies, move to cafeteria to paint mural, organize half the class to draw, set up other half of class to paint, clean up paint spill, clean up water spill, answer loudspeaker announcement,
3pm to 4pmcontinue painting, clean up paint, clean up floor, return to classroom. Organize students to wash hands, to wash brushes, to wash paint palettes. Pass out handouts, remind one student to ride the bus home, turn on tv for dismissal announcement and bus changes. Dismiss students, supervise path to bus. Meet with specialist teacher about student concern. Call parent about student concern, collect credit card for purchasing school supplies.
4pm to 5pmanswer emails, shut down computer, leave school. Go to public library to pick up books not available from school library, go to store to pick up school supplies. Return home.
5pm to 6pmphone student’s parent regarding behavioral concern.

Personal time

6pm to 7pmPersonal time
7pm to 8pmPersonal time
8pm to 9pmwrite lesson plans for one month, mark 3 classes’ tests,
9pm to 10pmrecord grades, write email to parent about poor grade of one student.
10pm to 11pmPersonal time
11pm to 12ambed

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
internet advertisement

What was the application process?
submitted resume and portfolio

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Two interviews, first with county fine arts supervisor, second with direct manager(principal)

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Past experience, preparedness, level of commitment

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I was unprepared for the specific discipline problems of this student population.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I earned a B.A. in my field and concurrently earned state certification, including a semester of practicum.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
I am well prepared for teaching the content of my subject area. Experience is necessary for the classroom discipline needed for each job.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, my practicum was with a similar group of students.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
A person must be educated and certified by the state in order to teach in a public school.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Social skills-empathy, patience, ability to speak to groups of all ages, outgoing

Organizational skills- record-keeping, student work-keeping

Technical skills- statistics, lesson-writing, grading

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
must have at least a B.A/B.S. and practicum training

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Overplan each lesson, always have something for the students to do, always have alternative plans for the days you lose your voice/have a headache/etc. Begin with a discipline plan, be consistent, never show favorites, allow students to see you’re human.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I wanted to return to the public sector after a time in a private school.

What are your current career goals?
I plan to continue teaching and am working toward additional certificate endorsement and toward graduate degree.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Teaching is a very demanding and under-valued career, but I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. You must have a drive and love of learning to be successful

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Prior Job 1teacher1 year37000Teaching, middle school art, public school
Prior Job 2teacher6 years65000Teaching, middle and high school art, private school abroad

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.6

College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.3Longwood UniversityB.A. Art
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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