Educator, School Leader, Consultant
Educator and Consultant
Though I'm taking a year off now to write and consult at Shoah, working as a high school principal was so much fun. I visited classrooms to see what students were learning. I attended games, plays and dance performances. I shared all the incredible things that were happening on campus with the community. I helped students and families overcome challenges, and find solutions to issues. And I met a whole new group of students each year, while keeping in touch with the students that graduated.
Working with kids beforehand, particularly where you have some responsibility, would prepare you well for classroom teaching. Consider babysitting, tutoring, peer mediation, and camp counseling.
Here's the first step for high school students
In college, major in something you love. Chemistry, theater, literature, math, Spanish, or a combination of different things. Become expert in something you want to spend your days immersed in, and something you want to share with others. I was a history major because I loved stories and problem solving. Avoid majoring in education because that comes with the advanced degree and the job--in other words, the real world experience of teaching is priceless.
"You should be a lawyer and a doctor. Anything else is a waste of your brain."
I went across the country to university because I needed some distance. I went with what FELT RIGHT--working with kids felt amazing and purposeful. No day was ever the same. And it was fun.