Elementary School Teacher 

(Female, Age 40) from gardena, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Elementary School Teacher
Salary $52,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location gardena, CA
Years Experience 6 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a smallish public school district in Southern California

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I teach reading and math to children who have difficulty learning

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
10 days sick leave, HMO, vision, dental, and summers off

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I think it’s fair

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I teach children and work with other teachers. If I didn’t like working with people, this would have been a very poor choice.

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.

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

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Another teacher in my district introduced me to my principal

What was the application process?
Initailly, I gave the principal my resume. Eventually there was a mountain of paperwork, including fingerprint clearance and TB test

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed with the principal, conducted a sample lesson, met with district personnel

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
It was a long time ago

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
My employer did not, the university did somewhat better. Mostly it was sink or swim

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Requires a teaching credential. Additional schooling post BA

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. I’ve had a great deal of education, and it has given me the background to teach the children

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

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
You need a teaching credential, which requires additional education beyond a BA.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
A huge amount of patience, flexibility, multitasking, social skills, organizational skills.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
You must really understand the material to be able to teach it to children. and you need a teaching credential.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Work as a substitute for several months before you take a full-time position

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I don’t have much of a career plan. This position is a good entry-level teaching position.

What are your current career goals?
I don’t think I’ll stay in the classroom forever, but I hate the idea of administration. I don’t know what I’ll do next.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

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

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Training Program Coordinator 2 years 36000 Arranged training programs for non-profit organizations
Prior Job 2 Office manager 2 years 34000 Ran company providing test prep for MFCC candidates

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.78 Stanford History
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.9 UCLA History

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