Teacher (Female, Age 31) in Westford, MA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleTeacher
Salary$62,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week60
Company Size(not answered)
LocationWestford, MA
Years Experience8 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 am a teacher in a Grades 3-5 school. There are approximately 400 students and 60 staff members.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I have a class of approximately 20 students that I teach all day long. I teach every subject to the students.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Retirement plan

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Depends on the day!

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 20 students each day and also a variety of adults since I have an inclusion classroom. I love working with students and seeing what happens when something “clicks” with them. I dislike all the administrative duties I have that come with teaching

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: 4
Benefits: 5
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
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 8amArrive at school by 7:15. School starts at 8:15. Prepare for the day’s events, check email, check voice mail, check in with partner teacher, provision for the day by getting materials ready for the day.
8am to 9amGreet students, get them started on the day, check agenda books, check for notes, take attendance and lunch count, work with students who need help.
9am to 10amRun morning meeting, teach math
10am to 11amTeach reading
11am to 12pmTeach writing
12pm to 1pm40 minutes for lunch, check email, check mailbox and voicemail, eat, correct papers, get homework ready, do read aloud when kids come back in from lunch and recess
1pm to 2pmspecialist (sometimes–only 4 times per week for 50 minutes).
2pm to 3pmTeach Science or Social Studies, organize, pack up, send kids home
3pm to 4pmclean up from the day, prepare for tomorrow
4pm to 5pmhead home
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pmcorrect papers
8pm to 9pmprepare future curriculum
9pm to 10pmplan for next week
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Job Fair

What was the application process?
Resume, application online, essay questions

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
This involved an initial interview at the job fair, then an interview in front of 10 people. Then I had to teach a sample lesson and finally meet with the superintendent of schools.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What is your teaching philosophy? What would be your ideal literacy program? What role does technology play in your teaching? What role do thematic units play in your teaching?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. My school district supports curricular initiatives and prepares all teachers for what curriculum they will be teaching.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes–continual professional development in all subject matter.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes–my undergrad and graduate degree provided me with the hows and whats to teach, but nothing prepares you better than having your own class.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes.

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 an education degree. Then go get your Masters!

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Communication, a sense of humor, ability to be creative and switch things up on a moments notice.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Get as much prepracticum experience as you can. Visit a variety of schools and grade levels so you can figure out what you really want to do.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. I plan on being involved with teaching for the rest of my career.

What are your current career goals?
To become certified as a technology specialist.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I love teaching. There are not always instant rewards so you have to really love it to remain in it!

Prior work history

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

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Teacher Aide2 years$12/hour
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.25Merrimack CollegeBS in Psychology
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
4Lesley UniversityMEd.

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