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