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TEACHER: Slacker To College Student

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Daniel is a Substitute Teacher for a local high school. Daniel also runs trade shows for a company while applying to be a full time teacher. He explains how you can do whatever you set your mind to regardless of your background and history.

School: San Jose State University
Job Title: 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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The</span> <span m='60490'>only thing</span> <span m='60690'>I try</span> <span m='60840'>to</span> <span m='60900'>do</span> <span m='61090'>is</span> <span m='61460'>have them</span> <span m='61830'>signed</span> <span m='62060'>up</span> <span m='62340'>for</span> <span m='62550'>us</span> <span m='62760'>to call</span> <span m='63170'>them back in the</span> <span m='63500'>future</span> <span m='64450'>for</span> <span m='64550'>more</span> <span m='64760'>information.</span> <span m='65470'>And</span> <span m='65600'>that's</span> <span m='65810'>pretty</span> <span m='65980'>much</span> <span m='66200'>my</span> <span m='66300'>day-to-day</span> <span m='67070'>as</span> <span m='67260'>far</span> <span m='67560'>as</span> <span m='67930'>my</span> <span m='68030'>two</span> <span m='68330'>careers--</span> <span m='68900'>or my</span> <span m='69040'>two</span> <span m='69220'>jobs,</span> <span m='69640'>I</span> <span m='69700'>should</span> <span m='69870'>say.</span> </p><p><span m='70850'>My</span> <span m='70970'>career and</span> <span m='71406'>educational</span> <span m='72280'>pathway</span> <span m='72980'>was</span> <span m='73630'>very</span> <span m='74870'>difficult</span> <span m='75410'>for</span> <span m='75520'>me.</span> <span m='75740'>How</span> <span m='77120'>in</span> <span m='77210'>elementary</span> <span m='77710'>school,</span> <span m='78430'>all</span> <span m='78760'>my</span> <span m='79500'>education</span> <span m='80000'>was done</span> <span m='80410'>in</span> <span m='81085'>the</span> <span m='81500'>San</span> <span m='81850'>Jose,</span> <span m='82150'>South</span> <span m='82440'>Bay</span> <span m='82620'>Area.</span> <span m='84070'>Elementary</span> <span m='84480'>school,</span> <span m='84800'>I was a</span> <span m='85170'>pretty</span> <span m='85450'>good</span> <span m='85900'>student,</span> <span m='86530'>but</span> <span m='86630'>once</span> <span m='86860'>I</span> <span m='86920'>got</span> <span m='87120'>to middle</span> <span m='87570'>school,</span> <span m='87790'>the</span> <span m='87960'>transaction</span> <span m='88300'>of</span> <span m='88640'>going</span> <span m='88740'>from</span> <span m='88970'>class to</span> <span m='89110'>class</span> <span m='89650'>was</span> <span m='89810'>very</span> <span m='90760'>difficult</span> <span m='91160'>for</span> <span m='91270'>me,</span> <span m='91800'>and</span> <span m='92410'>I</span> <span m='92530'>start</span> <span m='92800'>slacking</span> <span m='93210'>off.</span> <span m='93920'>And</span> <span m='95940'>It</span> <span m='96450'>really</span> <span m='96670'>hit</span> <span m='96910'>bad</span> <span m='97150'>when</span> <span m='97360'>I</span> <span m='97420'>hit</span> <span m='97920'>high</span> <span m='98300'>school,</span> <span m='98640'>where</span> <span m='98810'>I was</span> <span m='98900'>cutting</span> <span m='99290'>school,</span> <span m='99850'>or</span> <span m='100270'>I'll go</span> <span m='100440'>to</span> <span m='100740'>school</span> <span m='100950'>but</span> <span m='101070'>not</span> <span m='101240'>really</span> <span m='101440'>pay</span> <span m='101640'>attention.</span> </p><p><span m='103710'>Essentially</span> <span m='104320'>I</span> <span m='104430'>got</span> <span m='105350'>transferred</span> <span m='105605'>to</span> <span m='105860'>an</span> <span m='106080'>alternative</span> <span m='106570'>school</span> <span m='108506'>when</span> <span m='108950'>I</span> <span m='109020'>was</span> <span m='109150'>a</span> <span m='109220'>junior,</span> <span m='110180'>and</span> <span m='110420'>I</span> <span m='110480'>started taking</span> <span m='110960'>college</span> <span m='111310'>classes</span> <span m='112110'>while</span> <span m='112360'>still</span> <span m='112590'>in</span> <span m='112680'>high</span> <span m='112860'>school</span> <span m='113120'>to</span> <span m='113250'>make</span> <span m='113470'>up</span> <span m='113630'>for</span> <span m='113790'>credits.</span> <span m='114250'>So</span> <span m='114750'>I</span> <span m='114790'>went</span> <span m='115140'>from</span> <span m='115260'>one</span> <span m='115470'>day</span> <span m='115580'>being</span> <span m='115780'>a</span> <span m='115860'>slacker</span> <span m='116350'>to</span> <span m='116600'>one</span> <span m='116800'>day</span> <span m='116970'>being</span> <span m='117210'>a</span> <span m='117280'>college</span> <span m='117560'>student.</span> <span m='118350'>And</span> <span m='118570'>I was</span> <span m='118730'>taking</span> <span m='120030'>courses</span> <span m='120970'>over</span> <span m='121420'>at</span> <span m='121900'>the</span> <span m='121990'>San</span> <span m='122310'>Jose</span> <span m='122510'>City</span> <span m='122810'>College/Evergreen</span> <span m='124530'>Valley</span> <span m='124810'>College,</span> <span m='126900'>and</span> <span m='127430'>I</span> <span m='127540'>graduated</span> <span m='127890'>in</span> <span m='128120'>time</span> <span m='128410'>in</span> <span m='128479'>high</span> <span m='128680'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='128970'>But</span> <span m='129289'>still</span> <span m='129560'>for</span> <span m='129930'>a</span> <span m='130000'>couple</span> <span m='130259'>of</span> <span m='130389'>years,</span> <span m='130729'>I</span> <span m='131009'>was</span> <span m='131600'>still</span> <span m='131900'>a</span> <span m='131950'>slacker,</span> <span m='132530'>not</span> <span m='132820'>really</span> <span m='133390'>paying</span> <span m='133560'>that</span> <span m='133800'>much</span> <span m='133970'>attention.</span> <span m='135440'>I</span> <span m='135560'>really didn't</span> <span m='135920'>take</span> <span m='136200'>school</span> <span m='136460'>serious.</span> <span m='136750'>And it</span> <span m='137040'>wasn't</span> <span m='137490'>until</span> <span m='140200'>I</span> <span m='140440'>was</span> <span m='140660'>doing</span> <span m='140940'>a</span> <span m='141010'>corporate</span> <span m='141460'>job</span> <span m='141990'>that</span> <span m='142420'>I</span> <span m='143000'>realized</span> <span m='143360'>this is</span> <span m='143610'>not</span> <span m='143810'>what I</span> <span m='143880'>want</span> <span m='144080'>to</span> <span m='144160'>do.</span> <span m='144450'>And</span> <span m='144580'>it's</span> <span m='144760'>not</span> <span m='144970'>what</span> <span m='145110'>I</span> <span m='145150'>want</span> <span m='145350'>to</span> <span m='145400'>do,</span> <span m='145630'>so</span> <span m='146730'>I</span> <span m='147050'>went</span> <span m='147240'>back</span> <span m='147470'>to</span> <span m='147710'>school,</span> <span m='148390'>I</span> <span m='148840'>finished</span> <span m='149330'>my</span> <span m='149630'>AA</span> <span m='150290'>at</span> <span m='150680'>Evergreen</span> <span m='151120'>Valley.</span> </p><p><span m='151900'>I</span> <span m='152010'>transferred</span> <span m='152295'>to</span> <span m='152580'>San</span> <span m='152870'>Jose</span> <span m='153020'>State,</span> <span m='153900'>and</span> <span m='154100'>then</span> <span m='154360'>while</span> <span m='154600'>there</span> <span m='154950'>is when</span> <span m='155080'>I</span> <span m='155120'>realized</span> <span m='155790'>I</span> <span m='155950'>decided</span> <span m='156860'>I</span> <span m='157140'>really</span> <span m='157310'>like</span> <span m='157520'>history</span> <span m='158000'>and</span> <span m='158110'>social</span> <span m='158390'>science,</span> <span m='158960'>and</span> <span m='159150'>I</span> <span m='159220'>really</span> <span m='159490'>wanted</span> <span m='159860'>to</span> <span m='159970'>be</span> <span m='160100'>a</span> <span m='160180'>teacher.</span> <span m='161130'>And</span> <span m='162440'>as</span> <span m='162630'>I'm</span> <span m='162690'>taking</span> <span m='162970'>more</span> <span m='163240'>upper-level</span> <span m='164050'>classes</span> <span m='164840'>and</span> <span m='165170'>start</span> <span m='165480'>being</span> <span m='165670'>more in the</span> <span m='165890'>classroom,</span> <span m='166240'>so</span> <span m='166380'>I</span> <span m='166440'>realized</span> <span m='166860'>I</span> <span m='166900'>really</span> <span m='167240'>love</span> <span m='167460'>teaching</span> <span m='167850'>and</span> <span m='168240'>it's</span> <span m='168500'>something</span> <span m='168790'>I</span> <span m='168840'>really</span> <span m='169110'>want</span> <span m='169290'>to</span> <span m='169350'>do.</span> <span m='169680'>So</span> <span m='170820'>right</span> <span m='171130'>now</span> <span m='172450'>I'm</span> <span m='172610'>a</span> <span m='172660'>substitute</span> <span m='173160'>teacher,</span> <span m='173490'>but</span> <span m='173820'>I</span> <span m='173990'>am</span> <span m='174160'>applying</span> <span m='174520'>for</span> <span m='174690'>different</span> <span m='176370'>high</span> <span m='176530'>schools.</span> <span m='176850'>And</span> <span m='176940'>hopefully</span> <span m='177770'>come</span> <span m='179250'>August,</span> <span m='179590'>September,</span> <span m='180020'>I'll</span> <span m='180110'>be</span> <span m='180200'>working</span> <span m='180740'>as a</span> <span m='181020'>full</span> <span m='181170'>time</span> <span m='181800'>teacher</span> <span m='182580'>at</span> <span m='182910'>a</span> <span m='183200'>local</span> <span m='183460'>high</span> <span m='183630'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='184660'>What</span> <span m='184900'>did</span> <span m='185060'>I</span> <span m='185080'>wish</span> <span m='185400'>I</span> <span m='185450'>knew</span> <span m='185880'>when I</span> <span m='186000'>started my</span> <span m='186410'>career?</span> <span m='189200'>I</span> <span m='189280'>wish</span> <span m='189560'>I</span> <span m='189610'>knew</span> <span m='189900'>that</span> <span m='190890'>it's</span> <span m='191150'>possible</span> <span m='191760'>to</span> <span m='191880'>do</span> <span m='192160'>anything</span> <span m='192570'>you</span> <span m='192680'>want,</span> <span m='193360'>regardless</span> <span m='193990'>of</span> <span m='194090'>your</span> <span m='194180'>background</span> <span m='194840'>or</span> <span m='194930'>financial</span> <span m='196210'>situation</span> <span m='197110'>or</span> <span m='197260'>educational</span> <span m='200230'>situation.</span> <span m='200920'>I</span> <span m='201050'>thought</span> <span m='201320'>I</span> <span m='201350'>wasn't</span> <span m='201740'>going to be</span> <span m='202180'>going</span> <span m='202495'>to</span> <span m='202810'>college</span> <span m='203240'>just</span> <span m='203400'>because</span> <span m='204950'>I</span> <span m='205070'>had</span> <span m='205230'>a</span> <span m='205300'>1.-something</span> <span m='206410'>GPA,</span> <span m='207590'>or</span> <span m='207920'>my</span> <span m='208050'>parents</span> <span m='208480'>were</span> <span m='208570'>making</span> <span m='208950'>X</span> <span m='209160'>amount</span> <span m='209400'>of</span> <span m='209480'>money</span> <span m='209830'>a year.</span> <span m='211020'>It</span> <span m='211140'>wasn't</span> <span m='211560'>until I was</span> <span m='211950'>older,</span> <span m='212290'>I</span> <span m='212330'>realized</span> <span m='213360'>I</span> <span m='213480'>could</span> <span m='213740'>transfer</span> <span m='214400'>to--</span> <span m='215620'>not</span> <span m='215860'>only</span> <span m='216130'>San Jose</span> <span m='216450'>State,</span> <span m='216770'>but</span> <span m='217580'>all</span> <span m='217820'>the</span> <span m='218330'>top</span> <span m='218700'>schools,</span> <span m='219590'>if</span> <span m='219700'>I</span> <span m='219780'>really</span> <span m='220020'>dedicated</span> <span m='220450'>myself.</span> </p><p><span m='220890'>So</span> <span m='221110'>I</span> <span m='221210'>wish,</span> <span m='221660'>if</span> <span m='222080'>I</span> <span m='222170'>can go</span> <span m='222390'>back,</span> <span m='222690'>is to</span> <span m='222830'>really</span> <span m='223040'>take school</span> <span m='223530'>serious,</span> <span m='224600'>and</span> <span m='224780'>kind</span> <span m='225070'>of</span> <span m='225130'>just,</span> <span m='225970'>if</span> <span m='226255'>there's</span> <span m='226540'>a</span> <span m='226650'>will</span> <span m='226940'>there's</span> <span m='227180'>a</span> <span m='227250'>way,</span> <span m='228575'>and</span> <span m='228830'>it's</span> <span m='229080'>true.</span> <span m='229780'>I</span> <span m='229840'>could</span> <span m='230050'>have</span> <span m='230180'>been--</span> <span m='231520'>luckily</span> <span m='231940'>I</span> <span m='232000'>got</span> <span m='232280'>where</span> <span m='232410'>I</span> <span m='232430'>want</span> <span m='232660'>to</span> <span m='232720'>be,</span> <span m='233020'>but</span> <span m='233510'>it</span> <span m='233640'>was</span> <span m='233810'>difficult</span> <span m='234240'>for</span> <span m='234340'>me,</span> <span m='234670'>and</span> <span m='235710'>it</span> <span m='235920'>took</span> <span m='236020'>me the</span> <span m='236220'>hard</span> <span m='236500'>way,</span> <span m='236780'>the</span> <span m='236880'>long</span> <span m='237100'>way</span> <span m='237240'>to</span> <span m='237520'>find</span> <span m='237820'>out.</span> <span m='238600'>And</span> <span m='239160'>I</span> <span m='239300'>just</span> <span m='239550'>wish</span> <span m='239990'>I</span> <span m='240090'>can</span> <span m='240260'>go</span> <span m='240390'>back</span> <span m='240650'>and just</span> <span m='240890'>tell</span> <span m='241180'>myself,</span> <span m='241460'>you</span> <span m='241510'>know</span> <span m='241640'>what,</span> <span m='242420'>just</span> <span m='242690'>do</span> <span m='242860'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='243200'>High</span> <span m='243320'>school's</span> <span m='243580'>a</span> <span m='243650'>drag,</span> <span m='244040'>don't</span> <span m='244300'>cut.</span> <span m='245570'>Go to</span> <span m='246030'>class.</span> <span m='246530'>Just</span> <span m='246800'>do</span> <span m='247060'>your</span> <span m='247250'>work.</span> <span m='247600'>You</span> <span m='247710'>don't</span> <span m='247850'>have</span> <span m='248040'>to</span> <span m='248170'>be</span> <span m='248420'>an</span> <span m='248570'>A+</span> <span m='249050'>student</span> <span m='249520'>to</span> <span m='249630'>go</span> <span m='249780'>to</span> <span m='249830'>college.</span> <span m='250380'>You</span> <span m='250520'>can</span> <span m='250710'>get</span> <span m='250940'>by</span> <span m='251310'>with</span> <span m='251490'>Cs</span> <span m='251825'>and</span> <span m='252740'>eventually</span> <span m='254140'>reach</span> <span m='254510'>your</span> <span m='254660'>goals,</span> <span m='255430'>and</span> <span m='255510'>that's</span> <span m='255710'>perfectly</span> <span m='256149'>fine.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585711,"video_id":"","name":"2953-Daniel - Teacher .mp4","duration":257230,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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