English Teacher (Female, Age 36) in Chipley, FL

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Current Job

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Job TitleEnglish Teacher
Salary$40,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week37.5
Company Size(not answered)
LocationChipley, FL
Years Experience2 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I teach at a Pre-K- 12th grade school. We employ about 115 employees including support staff and serve approximately 1200 students.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I create lesson plans, teach students, provide tutoring for struggling students, maintain grade and attendance records.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Sick leave- 10 days per year, reduced health insurance, state retirement

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel that for my degree level (master’s degree), I am undercompensated. I make about $23 an hour.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with other teachers, administrators and students. I enjoy interacting with people, so this is the perfect job for me!

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 6
Benefits: 8
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 7
Level of Responsibility: 5
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 8am7:45: Arrive at work, 7:45-8:00 Copy exams for English III and English IV classes.
8am to 9am8:00- 8:25 Set up desks for exams, create exam keys, 8:25- 8:30 Bell rings- stand in hall and monitor students between classes. 8:30- 9:25 Planning period- Straighten desks, put books up, throw away papers, check email to see if there is anything important we need to know for the day. This is usually when I write lesson plans, create tests, inventory books, or call parents.
9am to 10am9:25-9:30- Class change- monitor the hallways, 9:30- 10:25, Second period begins. Take attendance, administer exams, grade exams.
10am to 11am10:25- 10:30- Class change, monitor hallways. 10:30- 11:25, administer exams, grade exams.
11am to 12pm11:30- 12:00- Lunch, eat lunch in the teacher’s lounge, check my mailbox
12pm to 1pm12-1- 4th period begins. Students take their semester exam and I grade it before they leave so they know what their semester grades will be.
1pm to 2pm1-1:05- Class change- monitor hallway, 1:05- 2:00 5th period begins. Students take exams, and I grade them.
2pm to 3pm2:00- 2:05- Class change- monitor hallway 2:05-3:00 6th period- students take exams, I grade them.
3pm to 4pm3:00 School is over for the day. I usually check email again and check my mailbox. I enter attendance for the day, meet with students who need extra help or need to make up tests. I usually leave between 3:30 and 3:45 each day to go home.
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How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
By applying with my local school district.

What was the application process?
Submitted application and copy of my teaching certificate to the district office.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
The principal interviewed me. I interviewed twice. The first job was given to someone else, but when another job came up that my principal thought I would be good for, she called and offered it to me. We had a phone interview the second time. She was the only one I interviewed with but it’s not uncommon to be interviewed by a committee.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I was asked a lot of situational questions, such as what would you do to motivate a student if he seemed uninterested in your class, what kinds of strategies would you use to help a struggling reader.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
My employer gave me the tools I needed to do the job that I already knew how to do.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I completed a teacher education program in college. Teachers also have to keep up with training throughout their career by attending inservice sessions, seeking endorsements or attending college classes.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
My education prepared me as far as the subject matter goes, but it didn’t prepare me for the realities of the classroom.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
I had a 16 week long student teaching experience that helped me see the realities of my job and let me practice with the guidance of a mentor teacher.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Go to college and get a Bachelor’s degree (some states require a master’s degree) in a teaching program. Then seek a job with the district/state you want to work in. Each state has a Department of Education that can give you more information about how to seek a teaching degree. There are lots of scholarships and grants for people interested in teaching.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
They need to be responsible, love working with kids of the grade level they want to teach, have great organizational skills and be creative.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
You must have at least a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s in some states) to get a job in teaching.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Try substitute teaching or observe classrooms while you’re deciding about going into teaching. You may find that you enjoy a different age level than you thought, or that you enjoy other subjects than you originally thought.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I have to become an accomplished teacher before I am able to be a successful administrator.

What are your current career goals?
Eventually I want to move into school administration.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I love my job! If you love kids, this is the job for you!

Prior work history

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

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.86

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.3University of Southern MississippiHistory/Education B.A.
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.8Florida State UniversityEducational Leadership and Policy Study M.S.

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