Ben Esenstad

Ben Esenstad

3rd Grade Teacher


FWISD

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wanted to work in politics, so I decided to go to college near Washington, D.C., at the University of Maryland.
My freshman year, I declared both my degrees: Government & Politics and Economics (with a minor in Spanish).
I gained work experience by interning for two Members of Congress in the House of Representatives.
In the spring of 2016, I decided I did not want to work in politics anymore.
I applied to a program that would allow me to become a teacher without having a background in education.
I was accepted into the program, passed some certification tests, and moved to Texas to become a teacher.
Since the fall of 2016, I have been a 3rd grade dual language teacher in Fort Worth.
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Education

High School
Walter Johnson HS
Bachelor
Government & Politics and Economics
University of Maryland

Career

3rd Grade Teacher

I teach students how to read and write in English and Spanish.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Politics
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I get to school very early in the morning to set my classroom up for that day's learning. I make copies, grade papers, and other organizational tasks. Once the day starts, it's usually a blur; my 30 minute lunch feels like it's 10 minutes long! During the day, I work with students to improve their reading and writing skills. We read stories and work on writing projects. After the day is over, I clean up my room, work on lesson plans, and then head home!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

To be successful as a teacher you need to have unequivocal love for your students, and you need to be very, very patient.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Go to college and get a degree in education.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"I shouldn't become a teacher because I didn't study it in college."