1. When did you decide to become a teacher and what motivated you?
I decided to become a teacher when I was in college. I couldn't decide what type of scientist I wanted to be, so instead I decided to teach science so I could dabble in a variety of science my whole life. I also liked the independence and creativity the job allowed, as well as the opportunity to motivate students to love science.
2. What grade levels have you taught, which has been your favorite grade level and what is the difference in your eyes from the different grade levels?
I have taught 7th grade science the entire time.
3. What experience do you have working with children?
Other than teaching, I helped with Vacation Bible School as a youth. I have worked as a camp counselor for Girls Incorporated (math and science day camp for girls), and tutored during some summers.
4. What qualities do you feel the most important for a teacher to have?
I think it's important to strive for consistency and be as fair as possible to all your students. I believe it is beneficial to enjoy and be good at planning ahead. Someone who "flies by the seat of their pants" is not going to effectively manage a classroom nor are they going to be able to help children learn content as well as they could have with planning. I think it's important to hold high moral standards for yourself and remember that even at your worst moment, you are a role model and everyone is watching. Teachers are held to a higher standard, whether it's fair or not. What you do in your personal life is being watched and students and parents will judge you by that. Lastly, it's important to not be someone who has to be liked by everyone. If you go into a room wanting to be everyone's friend and the coolest teacher, they (middle school) will eat you alive. You will have to be the "bad guy" at times and make decisions that are not popular.
5. Please describe a classroom situation or lesson that did not go as well as you would have liked and what did about it?
Here at the end of this school year, I ...
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