So, as an out-of-field teacher, life has been challenging; Start working at a job you have NO IDEA about how to do, taking a teaching training course to make up for the things you did not learn in college, and then taking extra courses that you have to take to add to your certificate.
(Not including the countless amount of time and $$$ you spend on taking your official teaching tests so that you are somewhat legit.)
Luckily, my county has a great program where I can get my real teaching certificate through their classes. This program is called TTT (Transition to Teaching). Which, not going to lie, has been way better and cheaper than spending my days at an actual college with 18 year olds.
However, today is THE DAY. I finally finished uploading and editing up every piece of paper, rubric and video i needed to say, “I have completed the program…GIVE ME THAT CERTIFICATE!”
It is crazy for me to think how 2 years ago I would have been sitting at home, talking to my mom about needing a real job (but finding something not freelance, that you LOVE in journalism is harder than it sounds) and her suggesting teaching. I know I looked at her like she was crazy, but because I love her, I humored her and sent off my transcripts to the DOE.
Temporarily certified middle school teacher! WOAH!
Even though the past two school years have not been the easiest, I certainly have learned a lot. Of course, I also would not change a thing because I love knowing I am helping kids…even if it is in the slightest way.
However, at this exact moment, all I can think about is how far I have come and grown up in the past two years. Teaching has helped me do that. And now, with the help of my friends and family, I am finally going to get me Teaching Certificate and have no excuse to call myself “out-of-field”.
This may be one tiny step in the right direction, but this achievement is one giant leap for my career. 🙂