Giving up the Dream of a Classroom?

by Eric | October 23, 2013
Non-traditional Learner, Family Values, Flexibility/Lifestyle, Breakthrough Moments, People Who Changed a Life, From Struggling to Thriving, Math

I have always been passionate about teaching, and I love interacting with students and sharing my excitement to learn. When I graduated from college in January it was difficult to find work, and I began as a long-term middle school English substitute for a K12 school in Pennsylvania.

I was concerned, at first, that I would miss out on the fun I had with students in the classroom. After spending three months as a cyber teacher I was hooked. I was offered another job at a regular school, but I chose to stay in this environment and I am very happy that I did. I have found that by using technology I can have the interactions with students that I would have in a regular school, but without some of the distractions that are often in schools.

In my second year of teaching for K12 I started posting Youtube math videos to help my students, and I have built up quite a reputation as an online math teacher. K12 sent a camera crew out to my home and featured some of my online videos as part of their teacher training.

What most people don't know about me is my passion for literature. I am one of the few people I know who has a teaching certificate in both Math and English, and I love to write. People think I'm joking when I tell them that I wrote a YA fantasy book, they furrow their brow and say something like, "Aren't you the Math teacher?" I just tell them that when I grow up I'll decide what I want to do for a career, but for now I'm keeping my options open.

I am grateful everyday that I am able to work from home, I am able to work in a dynamic environment, and that I can share the fun of the classroom with students who are hundreds of miles away. It is how I have been able to more fully realize my dream of reaching and helping students.

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