Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell

High School English and History Teacher


Seoul International School

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Planned on being a politician throughout college.
Got sick. Really sick. A friend died. I reevaluated. Passion for politics/justice more personal.
Took a year working with college students at my alma mater/healing/figuring out what was next.
Decided to teach, which was never in the cards. In Alabama. Took me years to heal from this time.
Had a principal who told me to try teaching one more time. Moved to Seattle to teach high school.
Taught. Grew. Loved. Explored. Traveled. Learned. Was inspired. Teenagers are my calling.
Felt stagnant. The culture and energy was changing at the school. Grad school? No more teaching?
Moved to Korea to teach internationally. New life. New people. New challenges. New questions.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
University of Portland
Graduate
Education, General
University of Portland

Career

High School English and History Teacher

I teach and learn and grow and enjoy working with high school students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Politics
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I listen to teenagers. Their stories, their heartbreak, their stress, their point-grubbing, their passions, their exhaustion. I develop curriculum. I plan lessons. I grade papers. And then grade more papers. I go to meetings. I file papers. I make photocopies. I make posters. I inspire kids to do more and say more and be more than they ever thought. I challenge some kids to open their mouths and other kids to close them. I laugh. A lot. I get inspired. I get frustrated. I get challenged.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Teaching is one of those things for which I just don't think you can be fully prepared. Trial by fire, baby. Learn your subject, be willing to say, "I don't know", study classroom management, learn how to navigate the politics of education and then just jump in. The kids will teach you everything you need to know.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Study what you love. Don't major in education. Go back and get a masters in Education, but in college, just take classes that open your mind. Study abroad. Find professors that inspire you, figure out what about their teaching inspires you and then use that when you begin teaching. Remember that you teach students first and content second.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Anything you love
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Anything very specific that you're willing to research/learn about for 5 years
certification
Certification/License
Anything you're willing to teach

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You should know what you want from life by this point."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial