Hello Education World!

So, this is my attempt to log my experiences as a first year teacher. I am also working on my Master’s degree in an accelerated program, which will be challenging and rewarding.

First, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am thirty-years old with a husband and three sons (so really I have 4 kids, j/k). Education wasn’t my first career choice. When I was 19, I joined the wonderful world of customer service. I eventually worked my way up in the company to corporate trainer. When I turned 25, I was laid off from my position within the company. I decided it was time for a career change. What to do???

Well, I always loved the cute little things that teachers always had (paper clips, staplers, stickers, etc.) and thought that would be fun. haha! Anyways, I had some bitter and sweet moments in school, unfortunately, more bitter than sweet (I will go into that in another post). I decided that becoming a teacher would really make me happy and not just because of the cute gadgets teachers got to use. I had two kids by this time, and I felt that education would be a wonderful way for me to help children and be a better member of society, which was a desire that my kids brought out in me.

SO… four and a half years later… I now have my BS in Secondary Education and am enrolled in the CADRE program with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This is where my story in the education world begins…

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8 responses to “Hello Education World!

  1. Molly

    Hi Steph! I am excited to read about your experiences both with CADRE and your first year in the “real” classroom. I know you’ll be great and look forward to hearing about your trials and triumphs. Best of luck! Molly

    • Thank you Molly! I will keep everyone updated as much as possible. It’s so good to hear from you! I’d love to hear about your experiences as well. We are in this together! 🙂

  2. Kristin Greenwald

    Hi Stephanie,

    I really enjoyed reading your blogs and why you decided to become a teacher. I especially like the “gadget” comment because I also love collecting all the little teacher things and supplies! I am very excited to go to the teacher store and buy the posters and decorations for my classroom!

  3. Julie

    Hi Stephanie!

    I’m so happy I found your blog. I’m counting down the days (exactly one month from yesterday) until my first “first day of school.” I’m a new teacher and can really relate to your experiences. In March, I decided that my first career choice was not for me and left the corporate world behind. I’m hoping I made the right choice! I can’t wait to read past your first post. Keep us informed. 🙂

  4. Julie- I’m glad you ran across my blog. I think that if we remember why we decided to be teachers in the first place we will succeed! What grade are you going to be teaching?

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  6. Jake H.

    Hi,
    My name is Jake and I am majoring in education. I will be student teaching next year and am excited. I would argue that most of us who wish to teach have had some very good teachers, and some very bad ones. Therein lies the motivation to become part of the solution!

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