Take some time today to reflect on your career. Jot down a timeline of it, including all the ups and downs. What was your best experience? And the worst? What would you like your future to look like, in terms of your career? If you’re a young man and haven’t started in yet, focus on that future part. What do you want your work to look like?
Reading the prompt, I thought that this could possibly be an simple prompt to answer but this requires some strong self reflection. So let’s start with the ups of my young teaching career. In 2013 I went through my first interview for the newest school in the Otay Ranch vicinity of Chula Vista, Enrique S. Camarena. Low and behold I was hired as a 6th grade teacher, learned the challenges and excitements of opening up a brand new school for the first time. The next “up” would be the rapport that that I continually built with my students every year. Each year was different, but I loved every moment of laughs, disciplines, and seeing maturity happen among all my students.
The next highlight would be collaborating with my coworkers and administrators. I learned the importance of trust, vulnerability, and supporting each other. Through that I’ve been able to start the productivity of a podcast called the Learning Essentials with my former boss…stay tuned. And lastly, being able to share my experiences in implementing technology in the classroom at various conferences in San Diego.
Some of the downs I’ve dealt with have been parents who just had it out for me. If there was a disagreement with homework or a permission slip that was handed to them late (go figure), I would hear about it. Please understand that I’m a customer service type of worker, so when I have a client that is ticked…I don’t like it.
The other down would not really be a down, but more like a learning opportunity, and that’s bombing a lesson while being observed. Funny how the tech stops functioning, that one student who rarely speaks (or thinks they have the right answer most of the time) is either volunteering or picked on by the observer, or the behavior of the class seems to have a “day off.”
What my future looks like? Wow, that’s a great question and at the moment it’s taken a slight turn for a new opportunity. While I enjoyed my time at Camarena Elementary, my future begins tomorrow at Rice Elementary. My future consists of being apart of a thriving school in a demographic completely different than what I had at Camarena. Excited to learn and become a better teacher with different experiences I possibly could have not had at my former school.
I hope to apply to an administrative credential program in a couple of years, and then become a curriculum (or tech) coach. Once those two opportunities are accomplished, I hope to see myself as an an assistant administrator and then administrator of my own school. Let’s just say the recent news of Ron Clark has definitely encouraged me to continue to pursue that dream.
That’s it! My career, the ups, downs, and hopes of what I would like my future to look like.