Saginaw ISD, Grades 8-12, English Language Arts and Reading Grades
“I loved the streamlined approach of Texas Teachers that allowed me to get my certification, without having to go
back to college for another whole year.”
Forth Worth, TX
UNT - Sociology
I have had several teachers that I have proclaimed as my favorite, but the most recent comes to mind. Her name is Mrs. Freeman, and she taught pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. She was always positive, silly, incredibly intelligent, and she genuinely cared about our well-being and our future.
I was a substitute teacher for two years and a college student.
It was a career that I thought I would enjoy, and I wanted to do something that would give back to my community.
How hard it was. You have to be an amazing multi-tasker. My last class of the day had 30 students, and among them were: eight rambunctious football players, three ESL students, five students with special needs requiring various modifications, one foreign exchange student, and five students that were in pre-AP English the previous year. It was very hard to balance.
Establishing a routine and sticking to it.
I was the most comfortable on the first day of school my second year.
They teach you compassion. Some of my students have seen and been through situations that I can only imagine. They come from all walks of life, and there is something to learn from every single child—whether it is patience, a new "saying," or a new trend.
There is something funny that occurs every day. There is never a dull moment. I have a bookshelf that becomes "hidden" when I prop open my classroom door (it is behind the door when it's open). When it was time for the students to leave, I propped open the door, went to speak with a teacher next door, and then it was time for class to start. I kicked the door jamb out from underneath the door, and as it closed, I discovered one of my students curled up in the bottom of the bookshelf. I jumped back because I was scared, and the class roared with laughter. I laughed so hard I was crying, and it is now our "inside joke" for 4th period.
There are several reasons: it was the cheapest program available, it was the most flexible, the classes related to what I would be doing in the classroom, and I could start and finish all of the training sessions my last semester of my senior year at UNT.