I was incredibly fortunate to have very valuable long-term subbing positions, until I was blessed with my own classroom. In those, I was given the opportunity to teach 9th, 11th, and 12th grades, covering everything from English 101, to Holocaust Literature and Yearbook. Certified as a K-8 educator, I was finally able to secure an Elementary position, where I have taught a 2-3 split, one year of Kindergarten, and the balance has been in 2nd grade. I do so adore my babies.
If you are enjoying yourself and making personal connections to what you are learning, you are going to want to keep doing so. The students and I create an environment where they feel loved and safe to learn in the way that best fits each one, as an individual. No matter how high the expectations, they always blow them out of the water.
Every day in my classroom is an honor. :)
I have a business degree and background. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was six, so I paid off the first lump of student debt and went back to get my degree in education. 130 credits later, I got to begin my dream. Now I am currently 2 classes shy of finishing my graduate project to complete my Masters in Education.
Growing up in a small town over 40 years ago, the fact I was not being raised by my parents made me an anomaly. My grandmother raised me to value education. I devoured school and worshiped my teachers. Along with my sainted grandma, they made me anything good I am, today. It was very important to me that I try and give back what they selflessly gifted me. Each day I am in my classroom, I give thanks and try to let each of "my kids" know they add the color to all of my pictures.