English Teacher (Female, Age 32) in Fairfax, VA

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Current Job

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Job TitleEnglish Teacher
Salary$45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationFairfax, VA
Years Experience2 years

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Fairfax County Public Schools operates all the Fairfax County Publics Schools in Virginia.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I develop lesson plans for each of my classes. I lead class discussions and teach the developed curriculum to my students. I file paper work, meet with parents, administrators and colleagues to address student and educational development.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Sick/Personal leave, medical/dental/vision, 401K

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Under compensated, as a teacher I put in a lot more time into my work than I am paid for.

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 many people throughout the day, students and colleagues. I love being around all kinds of people and I love working with all those at my job.

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.
From my supervisor to my co-workers we work as a team. We help each other with lesson plans, curriculum development, advice, and much more.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 3
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 5
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 8amI arrive to work and write the warm-up on the board. My students start to arrive. They settle in and begin work on their warm-up, then we go over it together and move on to the lesson.
8am to 9amNext we start to read Macbeth together. Students volunteer to do parts and we begin reading. The male playing Macbeth is hysterical today, so dramatic and trying to use a thick English accent, it’s hysterical.
9am to 10amClasses switch, my next class begins with their warmup as well. I owe them an exam and so I pass their exams back to them. Some gasp at the low grades others smile happily at the grades they’ve received. We go over the exam and I answer tons of questions and explain why different students got particular questions incorrect. It takes up the rest of class, so much for reading Othello today.
10am to 11amThe rest of class is discussing what the class will be reading on their own since we didn’t get to it in class. I direct the students to a website that can help them understand the play better. Bell rings and they’re off while my lunch block begins.
11am to 12pmStill on Lunch…
12pm to 1pmLast class of the day, we start on a poetry project. Today they learn about metaphors (comparisons without using like or as), smilies (comparisons using like or as), and onomatopoeia (words that make sound like Zoom or bam). After the lessons the students break up into groups of 2 and write poems using these poetic devices.
1pm to 2pmThe rest of class is used for groups to stand up and share their poems. It’s hard for some students but good practice for them in the long run.
2pm to 3pmAfter school I spend time working with different students that come in for extra help. A couple of students also come by to hang out with me and doodle on the board, this is a nice time with my students.
3pm to 4pmThis hour I clear out the classroom to get paperwork done, lesson planning and tons of grading
4pm to 5pmOn my way home now…
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Referral, I did my student teaching at the job I took.

What was the application process?
Resume, phone call, interview, hire

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I didn’t have a typical interview. Instead my supervisor was able to observe my work and gather reviews of my work while I student taught. Once my student teaching was over I was offered a full-time position.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
As stated I wasn’t interviewed. I was offered the postion based on over 2 months of observed internship.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I feel my educational institution and my student teaching very well prepared me for my job. My employer also did very well in preparing me with school related policies and the daily expectations of my position.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I guess my student teaching would be considered training. However, student training is part of all teacher education programs. I had to basically take over all classes, prepare lessons, grade papers, stay after school and help students with any lessons they didn’t understand. I pretty much became their full-time teacher.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Very much so. I learned foundational truths to classroom management that propelled me to succeed my first year of teaching. My vigorous studies in literature gave me the tools to critically analyze different works, develop great written and oral skills.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Definitely, with out my internship I couldn’t have made mistakes and learned how to correctly go about delivering my lessons and reaching my students.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Decide what level of education you would like to study. Attend a 4 year college and major in the subject you’d like to teach, elementary education, and minor in education if you plan on teaching a particular subject. This will help you meet your state required courses to obtain a state license to teach. Pay close attention to your student teaching experience and if you can work as a substitute teacher on any days you have off or during school vacations to get accustomed to being in the classroom.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
First, patience to not only help students learn, not to mention dealing with their negative behavior but also parents can be more stressful than your own students. Second, have great organizational skills, this saved me my first year of teaching. Staying on top of paper work, grading, your files will make life a lot easier. Third, be good a listening and communicating with all kinds of people. This is helpful in reaching your students, their parents, co-workers and higher ups.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Definitely, you’ll need a college education and as much experience working with children/teens.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Give your best to your students, they don’t respect you unless you’re sincere and care about what you are doing. Also, remember when to take a break. Don’t work all weekend long, enjoy your holidays and remember to do the same for your students. Overworking students doesn’t mean you do your job well. Doing your job well means you reach your students and engage them to learn.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I never thought I would become a teacher even though I always worked with teens doing volunteer work. I always saw myself in the high paced, high pay corporate world. But, the fast pace and money didn’t bring me the long term fulfillment I though it would. In the end I realized effectively touching the lives of others meant so much more to me than anything else.

What are your current career goals?
I will pursue a Masters in Administration. I hope to be a Department chair of an English Department in the future. Then once my children are done with high school I’d like to pursue a career as a principal.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Love what you do or don’t do it at all. Young people don’t need insincerity, they need truth, guidance and tenderness.

Prior work history

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

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Contract Coordicator2yrs33000Meet and greet clients. Negotiate contract terms. Draft and execute contracts.
Prior Job 2Executive Assistant130000Assist CEO with documents, filings, administrative support. Screen calls, invoicing and billing.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.6Mary Baldwin CollegqBachelor of Arts in Literature
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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