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PRESCHOOL TEACHER/OWNER, IN-DEPTH: I Can Be A Mom, Have Fun & Travel

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Christian, a preschool teacher and owner, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Most people in the daycare field must work long hours and have little time off because they don't always have substitute teachers. Because of this, Kristen started her own business. Now, because she has other employees, she is able to work only 3 days a week and spend her free time being a parent, having fun, and traveling.

Job Title: Preschool Teacher & Owner
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Job Description

Preschool teachers educate and care for children, usually ages 3 to 5, who have not yet entered kindergarten. They explain reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills

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<span m='19510'>to</span> <span m='19610'>be</span> <span m='19750'>very</span> <span m='20150'>responsible</span> <span m='20930'>while</span> <span m='21060'>taking</span> <span m='21420'>care of</span> <span m='21825'>six</span> <span m='22230'>little</span> <span m='22640'>children.</span> <span m='23830'>And</span> <span m='25330'>the</span> <span m='25480'>cleaning--</span> <span m='26000'>there's</span> <span m='26220'>a</span> <span m='26290'>lot</span> <span m='26560'>of</span> <span m='26740'>cleaning</span> <span m='27100'>involved</span> <span m='27620'>with</span> <span m='27750'>six</span> <span m='27960'>little</span> <span m='28580'>kids</span> <span m='28960'>with</span> <span m='29110'>germs,</span> <span m='29600'>and</span> <span m='29710'>diapers,</span> <span m='30640'>and</span> <span m='31570'>toys.</span> <span m='32670'>But</span> <span m='33730'>it's</span> <span m='33880'>all</span> <span m='34040'>worth</span> <span m='34360'>it.</span> <span m='34650'>And</span> <span m='34850'>there</span> <span m='35020'>are</span> <span m='35050'>many</span> <span m='35300'>more</span> <span m='35490'>benefits</span> <span m='36170'>than there are</span> <span m='36320'>negatives.</span> </p><p><span m='37270'>So</span> <span m='38090'>is it</span> <span m='38360'>hard</span> <span m='38730'>to</span> <span m='38780'>get</span> <span m='38930'>a</span> <span m='38980'>job</span> <span m='39420'>in</span> <span m='39620'>this</span> <span m='39890'>field?</span> <span m='40350'>It is</span> <span m='40650'>not</span> <span m='41140'>hard</span> <span m='41570'>to</span> <span m='41630'>get</span> <span m='41770'>a</span> <span m='41830'>job</span> <span m='42230'>in</span> <span m='42360'>this</span> <span m='42560'>field.</span> <span m='42900'>There</span> <span m='43130'>are</span> <span m='43150'>a</span> <span m='43220'>lot</span> <span m='43590'>of</span> <span m='44090'>ways</span> <span m='44600'>that</span> <span 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<span m='83630'>single</span> <span m='84070'>day,</span> <span m='84730'>nine</span> <span m='85080'>or</span> <span m='85160'>ten</span> <span m='85430'>hours</span> <span m='85810'>a</span> <span m='85840'>day.</span> <span m='86240'>They're</span> <span m='86550'>in</span> <span m='86800'>one</span> <span m='87280'>classroom</span> <span m='88580'>together</span> <span m='89710'>all</span> <span m='90020'>the</span> <span m='90110'>time.</span> <span m='90550'>It's</span> <span m='90770'>very,</span> <span m='91260'>very</span> <span m='91440'>difficult.</span> <span m='92050'>And</span> <span m='92630'>if</span> <span m='92760'>you're</span> <span m='92920'>not</span> <span m='93200'>there,</span> <span m='93550'>they</span> <span m='93690'>don't</span> <span m='93870'>always</span> <span m='94150'>have</span> <span m='94340'>subs.</span> <span m='94840'>So</span> <span m='95080'>it's</span> <span m='95220'>very</span> <span m='95460'>important</span> <span m='95735'>that</span> <span m='96010'>you</span> <span m='96090'>show</span> <span m='96430'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='97400'>When</span> <span m='97750'>I</span> <span m='97830'>created</span> <span m='98250'>my</span> <span m='98430'>own</span> <span m='98540'>business,</span> <span m='99200'>one</span> <span m='99350'>of</span> <span m='99400'>the</span> <span m='99480'>reasons</span> <span m='99900'>I</span> <span m='99990'>created</span> <span m='100420'>it</span> <span m='100550'>was</span> <span m='100680'>because</span> <span m='100960'>it</span> <span m='101060'>gives</span> <span m='101320'>me</span> <span m='101530'>a</span> <span m='101580'>little</span> <span m='101870'>bit</span> <span m='102080'>more</span> <span m='102300'>flexibility</span> <span m='103130'>when</span> <span m='103920'>I</span> <span m='104040'>work</span> <span m='104310'>for</span> <span m='104410'>myself.</span> <span m='105340'>I</span> <span m='105470'>have</span> <span m='105700'>someone</span> <span m='106000'>that</span> <span m='106150'>works</span> <span m='106470'>for</span> <span m='106570'>me</span> <span m='106760'>on</span> <span m='106900'>Mondays</span> <span m='107280'>and</span> <span m='107420'>Fridays.</span> <span m='108020'>So</span> <span m='108410'>I</span> <span m='108550'>have</span> <span m='108770'>a</span> <span m='108820'>four</span> <span m='109180'>day</span> <span m='109330'>weekend</span> <span m='110020'>every</span> <span m='110320'>single</span> <span m='110630'>weekend.</span> <span m='111510'>I</span> <span m='111660'>work</span> <span m='111910'>three</span> <span m='112180'>days</span> <span m='112440'>a</span> <span m='112500'>week,</span> <span m='112760'>Tuesdays,</span> <span m='113520'>Wednesdays,</span> <span m='113990'>and</span> <span m='114290'>Thursdays</span> <span m='114730'>from</span> <span m='114940'>9:00</span> <span m='115180'>to</span> <span m='115250'>5:00.</span> <span m='116140'>And</span> <span m='116280'>I</span> <span 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