Getting my foot in the classroom door
July 7, 2014 6:10 AM Subscribe
It's time for a career redirect. I think I want to be a teacher. My previous jobs have always involved working with youth/young adults though with the exception of a few college classes it has been outside the traditional classroom. When I look back at my career the time spent teaching has always been the best part. How to best get some toes in the water?
posted by rip to Work & Money (11 answers total)
I want experience working in a classroom before I pursue a full time teacher position, go to grad school or the like. A teacher friend suggested I become a paraprofessional because I would get to work directly with students in a classroom environment and get a feel for what being in a school without needing additional school/certification.
My main work experience was as tech support/technical education (I was a guest lecturer for professors who taught in the art/communications field). I have two BA's in art/technology. I have limited experience volunteering with high school aged special needs students.
I'm in my late-twenties in the Boston area and most interested in working with middle school students though I'm open to other ages.
Does being a paraprofessional for a year or two seem like a good idea given my background/goals? Are all the most desirable positions taken at this point in the year? What would a most desirable position look like?