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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER: You're Interacting With Young People, Molding And Pushing Them Forward

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Sandra shares her story of being a high school social studies. Her inspiration to enter the educational field was as a bilingual assistant in schools. She realized that becoming a teacher would allow her to make the greatest possible positive impact on society.

Degree: Sociology - Chicana Studies
Job Title: High School Teacher

Job Summary: Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Job Description

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

On-the-Job Training

Most training will come from your studies rather than on the job.

Additional Info

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification. Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a content area.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Center for Alternative Certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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<span m='9760'>example,</span> <span m='10050'>I</span> <span m='10080'>teach</span> <span m='10280'>world</span> <span m='10470'>history</span> <span m='10890'>and</span> <span m='11010'>government</span> <span m='11230'>econ.</span> </p><p><span m='11700'>And</span> <span m='12070'>so</span> <span m='14260'>what</span> <span m='14370'>I</span> <span m='14700'>enjoy</span> <span m='14850'>most</span> <span m='15140'>is</span> <span m='15260'>planning.</span> <span m='16400'>And</span> <span m='16690'>then</span> <span m='16980'>hopefully,</span> <span m='17350'>my</span> <span m='17470'>plan</span> <span m='18300'>becomes</span> <span m='18810'>what</span> <span m='19000'>I</span> <span m='19090'>want it</span> <span m='19380'>to</span> <span m='19470'>be</span> <span m='19720'>in my</span> <span m='19910'>ideal</span> <span m='20310'>world.</span> <span m='20960'>And</span> <span m='21580'>I</span> <span m='21730'>always</span> <span m='21930'>think</span> <span m='22090'>about</span> <span m='22350'>how</span> <span m='22480'>to</span> <span m='22610'>engage</span> <span m='22940'>students.</span> <span m='23330'>Making</span> <span m='23630'>things</span> <span m='24410'>interesting.</span> <span m='25180'>Provocative,</span> <span m='25910'>innovative</span> <span m='26780'>approaches</span> <span m='27320'>to</span> <span m='27640'>have them</span> <span m='28050'>think</span> <span m='28320'>and</span> <span m='28420'>learn</span> <span m='28610'>about</span> <span m='29150'>the</span> <span m='29250'>subject</span> <span m='29640'>that</span> <span m='29710'>we're</span> <span m='29840'>learning</span> <span m='30470'>about</span> <span m='30700'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='31540'>So</span> <span m='31690'>typically,</span> <span m='32180'>I</span> <span m='32369'>wake</span> <span m='32780'>up.</span> <span m='34480'>Shuttle</span> <span m='34650'>my</span> <span m='34830'>kids</span> <span m='35440'>to their</span> <span m='35800'>respective</span> <span m='36210'>schools.</span> <span m='37060'>Come</span> <span m='37250'>to</span> <span m='37370'>school.</span> <span m='38030'>Prepare the</span> <span m='38420'>board.</span> <span m='39220'>Think</span> <span m='39370'>about</span> <span m='39430'>what I'm</span> <span m='39730'>going to</span> <span m='39810'>do</span> <span m='40060'>to</span> <span m='40170'>make</span> <span m='40380'>final</span> <span m='40610'>decisions</span> <span m='41200'>about</span> <span m='41930'>things</span> <span m='42090'>that</span> <span m='42220'>I've</span> <span m='42330'>been</span> <span m='42780'>thinking</span> <span m='43070'>about.</span> <span m='43850'>And</span> <span m='44160'>then</span> <span m='44930'>commit</span> <span m='45250'>to</span> <span m='45340'>them.</span> <span m='45720'>Make</span> <span m='45910'>the</span> <span m='45960'>copies</span> <span m='46330'>I</span> <span m='46450'>need</span> <span m='46840'>for</span> <span m='46940'>them</span> <span m='47130'>to</span> <span m='47240'>have</span> <span m='47920'>ready.</span> <span m='48650'>And</span> <span m='49540'>we</span> <span m='49750'>start</span> <span m='49940'>our</span> <span m='50040'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='50730'>And</span> <span m='50960'>then</span> <span m='52200'>I</span> <span m='52290'>have</span> <span m='52860'>some</span> <span m='53010'>days</span> <span m='53230'>are</span> <span m='53340'>just</span> <span m='53690'>very</span> <span m='53930'>long.</span> <span m='54340'>Have</span> <span m='54630'>lots</span> <span m='54900'>of</span> <span m='55000'>classes</span> <span m='55640'>and</span> <span m='56240'>lots</span> <span m='56470'>of</span> <span m='56550'>students.</span> <span m='57530'>And</span> <span m='57700'>that</span> <span m='57900'>becomes</span> <span m='58180'>very</span> <span m='58620'>hard</span> <span m='59240'>on</span> <span m='59420'>your</span> <span m='59510'>energy</span> <span m='59850'>level.</span> <span m='60700'>And</span> <span m='61290'>some</span> <span m='61500'>days</span> <span m='61770'>are</span> <span m='62100'>lighter,</span> <span m='62850'>and</span> <span m='63020'>you</span> <span m='63110'>feel</span> <span m='63340'>kind</span> <span m='63640'>of</span> <span m='63770'>more</span> <span m='63820'>fulfilled</span> <span m='64300'>because</span> <span m='64610'>kids</span> <span m='64810'>are</span> <span m='65360'>interested</span> <span m='65900'>in</span> <span m='65960'>what</span> <span m='66110'>you're</span> <span m='66540'>trying</span> <span m='66730'>to</span> <span m='67200'>put</span> <span m='67320'>out</span> <span m='67510'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='68150'>And</span> <span m='68270'>at</span> <span m='68440'>the</span> <span m='68710'>end of the day,</span> <span m='69190'>sometimes I have</span> <span m='69380'>meetings.</span> <span m='69960'>I</span> <span m='70310'>have</span> <span m='70510'>a</span> <span m='70560'>prep</span> <span m='70830'>period,</span> <span m='71100'>where I</span> <span m='71330'>think</span> <span m='71510'>about</span> <span m='72260'>the</span> <span m='72360'>next</span> <span m='72630'>day.</span> <span m='73470'>And</span> <span m='73610'>that</span> <span m='73730'>could</span> <span m='73840'>be</span> <span m='73960'>time</span> <span m='74260'>to</span> <span m='74960'>relax</span> <span m='76166'>and</span> <span m='76540'>not</span> <span m='76690'>be so</span> <span m='76960'>on.</span> <span m='78270'>And</span> <span m='78680'>then</span> <span m='79030'>I</span> <span m='79080'>go</span> <span m='79360'>home and</span> <span m='79620'>continue</span> <span m='79880'>this</span> <span m='80040'>whole</span> <span m='80200'>thing</span> <span m='81480'>again</span> <span m='81810'>the</span> <span m='81890'>next</span> <span m='82150'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='82820'>When</span> <span m='82920'>I</span> <span m='82980'>first</span> <span m='83290'>went</span> <span m='84560'>as</span> <span m='84690'>an</span> <span m='84780'>undergrad,</span> <span m='85730'>I</span> <span m='85800'>was</span> <span m='86010'>pursuing</span> <span m='88310'>a</span> <span m='88420'>major in</span> <span m='88810'>political</span> <span m='89200'>science,</span> <span m='89680'>thinking</span> <span m='90020'>about</span> <span m='90130'>politics.</span> <span m='90810'>And</span> <span m='91040'>then I</span> <span m='91120'>took</span> <span m='91290'>my</span> <span m='91390'>first</span> <span m='91910'>poli-sci</span> <span m='92130'>class,</span> <span m='92330'>and I</span> <span m='92530'>said,</span> <span m='92680'>no,</span> <span m='92990'>these are</span> <span m='93300'>all</span> <span m='93520'>pre-law</span> <span m='94340'>people,</span> <span m='94700'>and</span> <span m='94860'>I don't</span> <span m='94880'>want</span> <span m='94990'>to</span> <span m='95030'>be</span> <span m='95160'>a</span> <span m='95230'>lawyer.</span> </p><p><span m='96080'>So</span> <span m='96520'>as a</span> <span m='96920'>first-year</span> <span m='97330'>freshman</span> <span m='97760'>in</span> <span m='97830'>college,</span> <span m='98270'>I</span> <span m='98340'>went</span> <span m='98620'>and</span> <span m='98750'>did</span> <span m='99040'>some</span> <span m='99180'>work</span> <span m='99330'>in</span> <span m='99430'>Oakland</span> <span m='99630'>public</span> <span m='99900'>schools.</span> <span m='100660'>I</span> <span m='101380'>got</span> <span m='101510'>hired</span> <span m='101860'>as a</span> <span m='102160'>bilingual</span> <span m='103140'>assistant.</span> <span m='104170'>And</span> <span m='105060'>there</span> <span m='105450'>I</span> <span m='105910'>was</span> <span m='106090'>able</span> <span m='106260'>to</span> <span m='106340'>be</span> <span m='106620'>in</span> <span m='106760'>classrooms</span> <span m='107590'>in</span> <span m='107650'>Oakland</span> <span m='108090'>public</span> <span m='108450'>schools</span> <span m='109250'>and</span> <span m='109770'>see</span> <span m='110110'>kind</span> <span m='110320'>of the</span> <span m='110730'>intense</span> <span m='111240'>need</span> <span m='111590'>for</span> <span m='111800'>qualified</span> <span m='112460'>teachers</span> <span m='113000'>who</span> <span m='113140'>are</span> <span m='113250'>engaging</span> <span m='113760'>students</span> <span m='114130'>in</span> <span m='114210'>their</span> <span m='114330'>learning.</span> </p><p><span m='115070'>And</span> <span m='115330'>who are</span> <span m='115620'>humanitarians</span> <span m='116440'>in</span> <span m='116590'>many</span> <span m='116780'>ways</span> <span m='117120'>about</span> <span m='118780'>seeing</span> <span m='119020'>what</span> <span m='119130'>people</span> <span m='119330'>are</span> <span m='120180'>no</span> <span m='120270'>matter</span> <span m='120490'>what</span> <span m='121060'>backgrounds</span> <span m='121440'>they</span> <span m='121550'>come</span> <span m='121760'>from</span> <span m='122080'>or</span> <span m='122180'>what</span> <span m='122840'>things</span> <span m='123070'>they</span> <span m='123500'>have</span> <span m='123660'>been</span> <span m='123940'>exposed</span> <span m='124300'>to</span> <span m='124400'>or</span> <span m='124440'>not</span> <span m='125300'>and</span> <span m='125770'>just</span> <span m='125880'>meeting them</span> <span m='126080'>where</span> <span m='126210'>they</span> <span m='126330'>are</span> <span m='126610'>and</span> <span m='126750'>then</span> <span m='127320'>working</span> <span m='127950'>with</span> <span m='128130'>them</span> <span m='128750'>beyond</span> <span m='129370'>that</span> <span m='129630'>skill</span> <span m='129850'>set.</span> </p><p><span m='130419'>So</span> <span m='130570'>that</span> <span m='130710'>inspired</span> <span m='131230'>me</span> <span m='131420'>to</span> <span m='131610'>teach,</span> <span m='131950'>because</span> <span m='132100'>I</span> <span m='132140'>was</span> <span m='132250'>like,</span> <span m='132480'>well,</span> <span m='132700'>I'm a</span> <span m='132780'>sociology</span> <span m='133270'>major.</span> <span m='133690'>How</span> <span m='134180'>do I</span> <span m='134670'>make</span> <span m='134950'>most</span> <span m='135240'>change</span> <span m='136070'>in</span> <span m='136170'>society?</span> <span m='136690'>And</span> <span m='136850'>education</span> <span m='137350'>is</span> <span m='137630'>definitely</span> <span m='138750'>one</span> <span m='138950'>of</span> <span m='139040'>those</span> <span m='139230'>major</span> <span m='139770'>ways,</span> <span m='140150'>where you're</span> <span m='140410'>interacting</span> <span m='140790'>with young</span> <span m='141090'>people.</span> <span m='141430'>Molding</span> <span m='141820'>them.</span> <span m='142650'>Pushing</span> <span m='142940'>them</span> <span m='143340'>forward.</span> <span m='143950'>And</span> <span m='144120'>that's</span> <span m='144320'>where</span> <span m='144430'>I</span> <span m='144740'>kind</span> <span m='145200'>of saw the</span> <span m='145350'>intersection</span> <span m='145850'>between</span> <span m='146070'>education and</span> <span m='146480'>sociology.</span> </p><p><span m='147540'>Before,</span> <span m='148080'>I</span> <span m='148320'>thought</span> <span m='148600'>just</span> <span m='148710'>because</span> <span m='149140'>I</span> <span m='149760'>maybe</span> <span m='149980'>speak</span> <span m='150250'>Spanish</span> <span m='150720'>or I'm</span> <span m='150890'>culturally</span> <span m='151300'>sensitive</span> <span m='151760'>to</span> <span m='151970'>maybe</span> <span m='152370'>knowing</span> <span m='152710'>about</span> <span m='152850'>my</span> <span m='153050'>students</span> <span m='153750'>as</span> <span m='154040'>Latinos,</span> <span m='155946'>it would</span> <span m='156420'>be</span> <span m='156650'>easily,</span> <span m='157130'>like,</span> <span m='157350'>yeah,</span> <span m='157550'>they're</span> <span m='157660'>going</span> <span m='157780'>to</span> <span m='157830'>get</span> <span m='158090'>it,</span> <span m='158300'>right?</span> <span m='158620'>I'm</span> <span m='158710'>going</span> <span m='158820'>to</span> <span m='158880'>be</span> <span m='159040'>like</span> <span m='159250'>the</span> <span m='159320'>messenger,</span> <span m='159770'>and</span> <span m='159930'>it'll be like,</span> <span m='160050'>yeah,</span> <span m='160510'>because</span> <span m='160850'>she's</span> <span m='161050'>like</span> <span m='161300'>me,</span> <span m='161490'>I'm</span> <span m='161610'>going to</span> <span m='162300'>be</span> <span m='162570'>into</span> <span m='163100'>my</span> <span m='163240'>classes</span> <span m='163830'>and</span> <span m='163970'>do</span> <span m='164060'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='165530'>That</span> <span m='165830'>was</span> <span m='166020'>like</span> <span m='166240'>a</span> <span m='166310'>big</span> <span m='166680'>awakening</span> <span m='167190'>for</span> <span m='167320'>me.</span> <span m='167800'>I was like,</span> <span m='168040'>no,</span> <span m='168370'>they're</span> <span m='168660'>still</span> <span m='168960'>failing</span> <span m='169350'>in</span> <span m='169480'>ways</span> <span m='169700'>and</span> <span m='169800'>I</span> <span m='169890'>just</span> <span m='170150'>can't</span> <span m='171080'>do</span> <span m='171420'>what</span> <span m='171640'>I thought</span> <span m='171800'>I</span> <span m='171860'>could.</span> <span m='172920'>And</span> <span m='173750'>at</span> <span m='173950'>first,</span> <span m='174200'>I</span> <span m='174220'>thought,</span> <span m='174430'>oh,</span> <span m='174740'>every</span> <span m='175220'>student should</span> <span m='175340'>be</span> <span m='175410'>able</span> <span m='175560'>to</span> <span m='175720'>be</span> <span m='175870'>successful</span> <span m='176280'>in</span> <span m='176320'>my</span> <span m='176420'>classroom.</span> </p><p><span m='177390'>And</span> <span m='177680'>that</span> <span m='177720'>was</span> <span m='178180'>a</span> <span m='178200'>false</span> <span m='178830'>sense</span> <span m='179100'>of</span> <span m='179280'>reality</span> <span m='179740'>for</span> <span m='179890'>me</span> <span m='180730'>once</span> <span m='181030'>I</span> <span m='181150'>first</span> <span m='181440'>started,</span> <span m='182150'>that</span> <span m='182320'>some</span> <span m='182480'>kids</span> <span m='182690'>are</span> <span m='182910'>going</span> <span m='183090'>to</span> <span m='183730'>do</span> <span m='185250'>not</span> <span m='185550'>do</span> <span m='185960'>as well as</span> <span m='186250'>you</span> <span m='186330'>want</span> <span m='186520'>them</span> <span m='186640'>to</span> <span m='186780'>do.</span> <span m='187200'>And</span> <span m='188510'>it hurts</span> <span m='188650'>your soul</span> <span m='189140'>in</span> <span m='189710'>many</span> <span m='189920'>ways.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297228,"video_id":"2746151508001","name":"1246-Sandra-p-HS-SocialStudiesTeacher","duration":190892,"thumbnail_url":null}});