Five years of teaching in inner-city schools in Tampa, FL. Hated the first couple and then I really started to find my niche content-wise and learned how to connect with the kids. If you can do those two things, managing a classroom becomes infinitely easier. When this happens, you'll understand how awesome teaching can really be.
I've put in a ridiculous amount of time on my ppts... to a fault, really. Anytime I come across something interesting I'm reading, or I make a connection, I add it into my ppt notes at the bottom of a slide. Therefore, there's a lot of really good information and stories. Don't be scared by the number of slides... there's usually a decent amount of pics and quotes, things I hit on quickly, plus quick video clips and supplemental activities.
I had the best U.S. History scores in our district last year which is one of the larger districts in the country. I also posted the best school AP scores during my first year teaching those courses. All in all, my students score very well, but I don't do enough 'other stuff' to get major honors or things of that sort.
I studied at three different universities for my undergrad including a semester abroad in England. When I got done there I decided to transfer from the University of Northern Iowa to the University of South Florida... that's where I graduated. I'm now working on my MA.
Focusing on working and traveling over East Asia. Starting to realize how short life is and how valuable experiences are in growing as a person. In short, living day to day and being as happy as I possibly can be :)