By tracerace11 22 Comments
I am 25 years old. I am in my third year of teaching at a local middle school. I have taught part time at local community colleges. I enjoy math, and I am good at teaching math, but I am not sure if I do enjoy teaching. On top of that, I do not know if I will enjoy teaching for another 7+ years. I kind of feel like a freshman in college, unsure of the path I want to take (which by the way happened when I was a freshman in college).
Maybe this is just stress related (teacher, assistant football coach, head boys' soccer coach, part time adjunct at a community college, graduate student at local university, and 9 month old child). Maybe this is normal to get three years into a job and not be sure if I want to continue down this path. Maybe my personality I just want to try something new.
I have been contacted by a couple other counties about teaching for them (like I said I am good at teaching. As far as I know, I am one of the few teachers to receive top marks my first two years of teaching). I also know that I am sought out since I teach math (highly qualified K-12).
So what do I do? I know that if it is in my control, I really do not want to be at my school again next year (love the school and students, but despise what the county is doing). I want to be in another county or school system. I think I might would enjoy teaching full time at a community college, but it is a bit difficult to get a full time job with only a bachelors in mathematics. I will have 18 hours of graduate work finished at the end of May, so I could possibly look into taking enough math graduate courses to make me more marketable for a full time position at a community college.
Or do I take this opportunity to break away and look at entry level positions in other industries, or stay with education, let the schedule settle down, and continue to work on codecademy.com (or another website that has similar offerings such as codeavengers)? I enjoyed working this summer on coding, and I would like to continue to do so, whether through online courses or taking classes at my community college.
I know I didn't get to specific with much of this. I really just wanted to get some of these ideas and thoughts somewhere and not solely in my mind anymore. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.