Educator (Female, Age 32) in LINCOLN PARK, MI

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleEducator
Salary$36,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationLINCOLN PARK, MI
Years Experience6 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work at a K-12 Public School Academy which currently has about 700 students.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I teach students ages 7-9 all core subject areas. My class size is limited to 24 students. I also teach an elective art course for students in grades 3-6.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401K, Health insurance including dental and vision, 10 sick days

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

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Not only do I work with my students, but I also interact with staff members. I love that I get to work with so many people.

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: 8
Benefits: 6
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 5
Level of Responsibility: 4
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 8amReport to work at 7:30am. Doors open at 7:40 am. School officially begins at 7:50am. Take attendance and lunch count. Students go to electives at 8am.
8am to 9amTeach Art elective from 8:00-8:33. Currently working on collage. My students come back and silent read until 9am. They also eat their snack at this time.
9am to 10amTeach Guided reading. Read aloud The Rough Face Girl. Fill out Cinderella Comparison Chart as a class. Discuss characteristics of the book.
10am to 11amStudents have centers: Practice X flashcards, read biography in small group, read aloud Holiday stories, write a letter to Santa, practice spelling words. The students are put in groups according to ability and they switch centers every 12 minutes.
11am to 12pmLunch/recess
12pm to 1pmBreak
1pm to 2pmMath- teaching fractions. The students are doing fairly well so we are working on 4th grade objectives in addition to the 2nd and 3rd grade ones.
2pm to 3pmSocial Studies- read and discuss The Journal of Otto Peltonen, a story of a young Finnish Immigrant. Play the Immigration Game, which illustrates how difficult it was to come to America in the 1800’s. Have students write about the journey in their journals.
3pm to 4pmStudents are dismissed. Grade papers, enter grades, prepare for tomorrow’s class.
4pm to 5pmMore grading, preparation, work on next week’s plans.
5pm to 6pmFinally go home!
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?
I found my current job through an internet posting

What was the application process?
I sent in a cover letter and application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed with the headmaster.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I can’t recall, but I’m on the interview team now and we ask the typical background questions, best practices, and how you get along with others.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, there is a lot of professional development provided by my employer.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, student teaching and certification.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I went through and intensive education program.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, I was lucky to have a very organized master teacher work with me during my student teaching.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
I would recommend that they not only complete student teaching, but substitute teach at all grade levels for at least 3 months.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Teachers need to have pedagogy, be very organized and flexible.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Teachers need to hae certification from an accredited 4 year college or university

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be prepared for almost anything during your first two years of teaching. Ask for a mentor to help guide you through your beginning years.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I plan on staying for at least 3 more years in order to see my first group of kids graduate.

What are your current career goals?
Eventually, I would like to be a curriculum director. I’m not ready to leave the classroom yet though.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Not at this time.

Prior work history

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

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Educator2 years24000Taught 2nd grade at a private school.
Prior Job 2Educator6+ years37000Teaching 7-9 year olds at a public school academy.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.2Saginaw Valley State UniversityElementary Education
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.9Eastern Michigan UniversityElementary Education

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