Elementary School Teacher

mrsdwyer - 8/28/20
Job/Career Demand
Positive Impact
Work-Life Balance
Compensation & Benefits
Work Environment
Total Compensation
$45,000 - $93,000
Years of experience
Recommended Education
Bachelor's Degree

What education would you recommend?

You must have your multiple subject teaching credential, as well.

Describe the path you took to become a elementary school teacher

When I was in college, I joined a club where we tutored students after school. I really enjoyed working with the kids and was voted, "Most Likely to Become a Teacher." At that time, I was on the path to becoming a psychologist. After college, I decided to give substitute teaching a try. I ended up really enjoying it. 17 years later, I have taught in public, private, and charter schools, and I really feel like I am making a difference.

What's a day in the life of a elementary school teacher?

I typically arrive at school at 7:30 a.m. to set up for the day. The kids arrive in the classroom, and after they unpack, I begin instruction from 8:15 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (With breaks for recess and lunch) My instruction includes reading/writing, math, science, social studies, art, p.e., and music.

What's the best part of being a elementary school teacher?

The best part of my job is spending time with students who say the sweetest and funny things. Many of them want to be at school because they like the structured day, and they love to learn. I cry every year when I see the progress that my students make from August to June.

What are some perks of your job?

I get to shape the minds of the next generation! My schedule coincides with my daughter's schedule, so I am able to be home on breaks when she is off.

What's the downside of being a elementary school teacher? Words of caution?

This is a high stress career. You deal with 25-35 sets of students and parents daily. There is a lot of work that is brought home after school and on weekends. Also, there are always behavioral issues within the classroom. Some range from mild and typical to severe and highly disruptive.


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