21 Reasons to Contact Us

Okay, that was a pretty catchy title…right? We’re not going to actually spell out 21 reasons why you should contact us (although we could), we just wanted to put emphasis on the importance of the number “21”.

Did you know that if you scored a 21 on the ACT, you could be eligible for a teaching certificate?

Wanna talk about it? Give us a ring or drop us a DM on one of our social media accounts. We can’t wait to hear from you:)

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What’s All the Talk About?

I remember my very first teaching job. After graduating college in May, and unexpectedly passing the Praxis I exam (without any preparation), I was offered a provisional license and a job teaching 9th grade ELA.

I spent the entire summer reading through the massive literature textbook, trying to desperately digest everything from Harry Wong’s “First Days of School”, and finding cool activities online. In my mind, that was the extent of what I needed in order to be successful for the first couple of weeks of school. I practiced my “teacher face” and made sure I spent a hefty amount of money on teacher clothes.

After the first couple of weeks of school, I knew I was nowhere near ready to teach anybody’s child, but what’s a girl to do? I remember listening to the veteran teachers during our PD sessions and faculty meetings and feeling like I’d never get to their level. My shyness wouldn’t let me ask for help. Some of them treated me like I felt; inexperienced and unqualified.

During that time, there were no PLNs (Personal Learning Networks). There were no effective PLCs. There were no real collaborative efforts that would support my growth as a new teacher. I felt stuck, I felt miserable, and I wanted to quit by November.

When we sat and thought about things we wanted to put in place for our novice teachers, we immediately thought of ways our teachers could learn from the best of the best, in a self-paced, non-judgmental way. We wanted transparency. We wanted raw. And we wanted it to be like a conversation with your best bud. We also wanted to think about our walk as a new teacher and what we felt we needed during those dark days.

#TeacherTalkTuesday is our modern take on having candid dialogues with the teachers you secretly envy. You know, the ones who have the well managed classes. The ones who have high proficiency levels. The ones who have positive professional relationships with their colleagues, the parents, and the students. The ones who are walking Pinterest boards. The ones who do it all with such ease.

It is our hope that you learn that all of the great professionals started out just like you…a beginner. They have used their experiences and mistakes to learn a more efficient way of doing things. None of them knew exactly what they were doing when they started out. You will hear that in their personal stories and in the advice they offer to you.

Pour a glass of your favorite summer beverage, pop in your earbuds, sit back and enjoy our #TeacherTalkTuesday series. Be sure to like and share!

Michael’s Story

Micheal

My parents were immigrants. They saved every nickel and dime to relocate to the United States so that my siblings and I could have a better life.

All of my brothers and sisters are surgeons. I am the Lone Ranger. I never wanted to practice medicine. I’ll tell you why. I was a problem child growing up. Adjusting to our new way of life didn’t gel with me and I was sad that we had left so many loved ones behind. I acted out in school. My behavior and lack of discipline caused me to fail the third grade.

And then I met Mr. Walker. He was a teacher that looked like me and identified with my heartache. He saw me beyond the referrals. He served as my mentor and helped me get on track. I graduated top ten in my graduating class and went on to a prestigious university.

In May, I’ll be graduating with a 4.0 in Biology. I’m not your typical success story. I took the long way to achievement. Everyone counted me out. I want to use my life to see through other little boys who feel lost. #ImMichael #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#IdealCandidateStory #PiecesofYou

Amber’s Story

Amber

My parents taught me and my sisters the value of hard work at a young age. My mother has been a baker for the last thirty years. She started baking in her kitchen, and that turned into a side hustle that brought in more money than her full-time gig. Eventually my parents opened up a small bakery in our hometown. That was our after school job. That was our weekend job. That was our summer job.

didn’t know how to bake bread, I didn’t know how to make dough. I didn’t know how to ice cakes properly. I didn’t know how to use fondue. The greatest gift my mom gave me was the gift of curiosity. She challenged me to learn these things on my own.

As a student teacher I’m learning that the gift of curiosity will take me a long way in the teaching field. You have to be intrigued enough to find things out on your own. As a new teacher, we’ll get a lot of training, but it’s also going to take grit, determination, and the ability to always want to learn how to do the job better. Because it is one of the most important jobs we’ll ever have.

#ImAmber #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#Teach21Yearbook

Lindsey’s Story

Lindsey

I was born to be a teacher. I can tell you my story, and what lead me to this point, but the truth is, there are some people who were just born to be teachers, and I’m one of them.

Of course I was the kid who played school with my barbies and my stuffed animals. I was the kid who asked for crayons for Christmas instead of video games. I was the kid who spent summer vacations snuggled with up a good book instead of playing outside.

When I was about eight years old, I recall wanting a life size barbie REALLY bad. My parents told absolutely not. My birthday and Christmas had come and gone; therefore, my parents couldn’t justify shelling out that much money for a “want”.
Stubbornness and determination took over. The following weekend, I set up a lemonade stand and earned half of what the doll cost. A lightbulb went off.

I wasn’t great at math, but when I started applying math concepts to real life situations, everything just made sense to me. And I’ve carried that with me. That’s my teaching style. I create project-based activities and loop in the mathematics. My students aren’t just learning how to do math, they’re learning how to do life.

#ImLindsey #SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#Teach21Yearbook

Sam’s Story

sam

I’m probably the most positive person on earth. I would say that acting from a place of positive intent has helped me be a better teacher. I don’t automatically assume that students chose not to do the right thing. Teaching from a place of positive intention helps me seek to understand students instead of labeling them based on my own thoughts, beliefs, and past experiences.

#ImSam #Teach21 #Teach21Yearbook#Schoolhouse21

Lincoln’s Story

lincoln

I have a big family. I have two older sisters and three younger brothers. My father always taught me the value of being a great role model for my little brothers. I can remember him saying, “It’s your job to show them the way. You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to show them how to be a good person in spite of the imperfections.” I don’t know, my dad was just an amazing man and he taught me how to be an amazing man.
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I take the lessons I was taught growing up into my classroom each day. There are so many young men who are lost. They don’t have positive role models at home or their role models are busy trying to put food on the table. Either way, they’re left surviving out here on their own.
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I started a club just for my students. I teach them everything! How to change a tire (using my own car), how to apply cologne without killing the ladies, how to cut your own hair if you don’t have the money, how to prepare your own dinner…how to survive. And how to be a great citizen and a great person.
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We dive into academics. And I think I’m a pretty good teacher. But the connection I have beyond the academics far exceeds anything. Without that, I couldn’t teach them math…they wouldn’t be in a space to hear me.
#SH21 #Schoolhouse21 #Teach21#Teach21Yearbook #TeachersBeEverywhere