What is your occupation, career, job? Preschool teacher
How did you get into the field? When I was in high school, I had all of my mandatory credits but had no interest in any classes available to me. Winthrop high school arranged for me to spend one period each day (it was block scheduling so periods were 1.5 hours) in a first grade classroom (Mrs. Arena). I would act as an aide, helping her with different tasks from working one on one with struggling students to helping create the class year book. I loved it so much that I decided that I'd like to spend my life working with children to help them develop a love for school and learning.
Does your education background reflect what you do for work? My education does reflect my career. I also got a degree in Sociology which fits in well with teaching.
Give me three reasons why you love your job?
1. I love my job because I am a child's (and sometimes a parents!) first experiencing with the idea of school. I have the unique opportunity to create a magical environment that children enjoy retuning to each day and that parents feel safe leaving their child in.
2. Preschool is so much fun! I get to paint, build, sing, and dance each day-and get paid for it!
3. I love kids. They are so honest and uninhabited. At this age, they are not embarrassed to do anything! It is quite amazing watching children discover something for the very first time. The excitement is a true reward.
What would you consider the stress level of your current occupation (1-10, 10 being the highest)? Depending on the day, it could be anywhere from a 1-10. Typically, I would rate my classroom this year as a 6. There are quite a few potty training and many children with no social experience at all.
If money was not an issue, would you still choose the same career path? Maybe. The new state mandates are making becoming and staying a teacher very complicated. I feel education is getting away from discovery and enjoyment and more towards learning items on a test. If not a teacher, I'd probably be a nurse.
What is the hardest part about your job? Planning a lesson that fits ten different students' needs all at once.
Did you always know this is the career path you wanted to take or were you diverted a few times? I wanted to be a part of the cosmetology industry-I have always been interested in hair, skin, and nails. Maybe some day :)