Thursday, February 2, 2006


In high school I wanted to be a physical therapist or a sports trainer for some NFL team. Obviously that was not the route I took. While attending a local university I turned my gears towards teaching. My first year of college was void due to my change in plans. I decided that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. There was no way I was going to be able to handle secondary students, probably because my brother fell into that category. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Science in Elementary Education as well as a minor in English as a Second Language.

After graduation I had trouble finding a job due to the fact I still needed to pass one of the sections from the National Teacher's Exam. I ended up working in a school district for a year and a half as a English as Second Language Instructor. Being in a school system really pushed me to take the exam again, in which I passed. When I applied for a teacher paid position I was blackballed by my administrator who was upset I was making gains for myself not herself. Moving on, that summer I applied in districts, had an interview and somehow I was offered a position in Special Education-something I did not have on my license, nor did I ever want on my license. Yet, with me wanting a job, something that paid, had benefits, and was close to home, I accepted. I taught on a limited license as I pursued my minor in special education and loved every minute of it.

I have taught special education for five years at the elementary level and the past two at the high school level. The burn out rate for special education teachers is usually five years. I'm still in it, however I'm usually ready to quit by the last quarter of school. I love what I do and I enjoy the students I work with. My tolerance for any type of dysFUNctional child is extremely high. As a special education teacher I endure more challenges with general education teachers than I do with students. I often wonder why we just can't all get along.

As I continue to decide what my next move in my career is, I had to reflect on how my current career came about. Then I realized, it's amazing to see how God's plan turns out and continues to manifest.

1 comment:

Lacey said...

I am sorry you feel burned out. Teaching can be very frustrating, but also very rewarding as well. I know there is a turnover of 5 years for all teachers in some schools districts. Teaching can be very cut throat. General classroom teachers generally see special education students as a burden rather than taking on the challenge of actually getting to know that student and how they learn. It's sad. The right decision regarding your career will come to you.