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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER: Don't Limit Yourself

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Kristen is a high school teacher who currently teaches calculus, pre-calculus, introduction to technology, and will next be tackling the subject of robotics. She has changed careers and back again, and advises young people to give themselves as many options as possible.

Degree: Mathematics
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, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Creativity, Empathy, Organizational skills, People skills

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m='14440'>is</span> <span m='14760'>in</span> <span m='15000'>math,</span> <span m='16940'>and</span> <span m='18450'>over</span> <span m='18630'>the</span> <span m='18760'>course</span> <span m='19120'>of</span> <span m='19310'>my</span> <span m='20500'>career,</span> <span m='20960'>I've</span> <span m='21130'>taught</span> <span m='21660'>algebra</span> <span m='22020'>one,</span> <span m='22460'>algebra</span> <span m='22850'>two,</span> <span m='23390'>geometry,</span> <span m='24230'>home-ec</span> <span m='25000'>weirdly.</span> </p><p><span m='27080'>And</span> <span m='29650'>before</span> <span m='30210'>starting</span> <span m='30710'>my</span> <span m='30840'>current</span> <span m='31200'>job,</span> <span m='31490'>I</span> <span m='31570'>was</span> <span m='31730'>working</span> <span m='32110'>in</span> <span m='32590'>a</span> <span m='32820'>private</span> <span m='33320'>school</span> <span m='33720'>for</span> <span m='34140'>eight</span> <span m='34310'>years.</span> <span m='35530'>Took</span> <span m='35710'>a</span> <span m='35790'>break</span> <span m='36150'>and</span> <span m='36360'>did</span> <span m='36460'>some</span> <span m='36570'>web</span> <span m='36820'>development,</span> <span m='37430'>which</span> <span m='37620'>is</span> <span m='37850'>really,</span> <span m='38100'>really</span> <span m='38340'>fun,</span> <span m='38630'>and</span> <span m='38740'>then</span> <span m='38870'>kind</span> <span m='39080'>of</span> <span m='39120'>got</span> <span m='39360'>tricked</span> <span m='39670'>back</span> <span m='39900'>into</span> <span m='40080'>the</span> <span m='40210'>classroom</span> <span m='41820'>by a</span> <span m='41970'>very</span> <span m='42210'>good</span> <span m='42340'>friend</span> <span m='42590'>of</span> <span m='42670'>mine.</span> <span m='45640'>I'm</span> <span m='45830'>in</span> <span m='45910'>a</span> <span m='45970'>new</span> <span m='46130'>school</span> <span m='46400'>this</span> <span m='46580'>year,</span> <span m='46800'>and</span> <span m='46960'>it's</span> <span m='47140'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='49930'>Gosh,</span> <span m='51320'>on</span> <span m='51670'>a</span> <span m='51840'>typical</span> <span m='52250'>day,</span> <span m='53050'>I</span> <span m='53790'>wake</span> <span m='54000'>up</span> <span m='54150'>early,</span> <span m='54570'>get to</span> <span m='54800'>school</span> <span m='55210'>early,</span> <span m='58720'>try</span> <span m='59030'>and</span> <span m='59200'>engage</span> <span m='60070'>a</span> <span m='60170'>classroom</span> <span m='60860'>full</span> <span m='61210'>of</span> <span m='61370'>teenagers,</span> <span m='63130'>grade</span> <span m='63590'>a ton of</span> <span m='63960'>papers,</span> <span m='65220'>update</span> <span m='65610'>my</span> <span m='65790'>website,</span> <span m='66710'>which</span> <span m='66910'>I</span> <span m='68030'>write</span> <span m='68290'>and</span> <span m='68410'>maintain</span> <span m='68780'>myself.</span> <span m='72030'>Anyway,</span> <span m='72690'>it's</span> <span m='72820'>a</span> <span m='72880'>hard</span> <span m='73360'>job,</span> <span m='73700'>being a</span> <span m='73960'>teacher.</span> <span m='74640'>It's</span> <span m='74860'>a</span> <span m='74940'>lot</span> <span m='75250'>of</span> <span m='75390'>fun,</span> <span m='75580'>though.</span> <span m='75730'>It's</span> <span m='75860'>really</span> <span m='76080'>rewarding.</span> </p><p><span m='79140'>What</span> <span m='79310'>I</span> <span m='79380'>would've</span> <span m='79620'>wished</span> <span m='80360'>that</span> <span m='80480'>I</span> <span m='80740'>knew</span> <span m='81410'>when</span> <span m='81600'>I</span> <span m='81690'>started</span> <span m='82230'>my</span> <span m='82370'>career</span> <span m='82920'>was</span> <span m='83410'>how</span> <span m='83850'>important</span> <span m='84270'>computer</span> <span m='84640'>science</span> <span m='84990'>was.</span> <span m='86180'>I</span> <span m='86340'>wish</span> <span m='86630'>I</span> <span m='86710'>had</span> <span m='86830'>gotten</span> <span m='87100'>a</span> <span m='87160'>computer</span> <span m='87510'>science,</span> <span m='88960'>at</span> <span m='89140'>least</span> <span m='89400'>minor</span> <span m='89940'>in</span> <span m='90440'>college</span> <span m='91120'>instead</span> <span m='91480'>of</span> <span m='91570'>just</span> <span m='91780'>my</span> <span m='91890'>math</span> <span m='92160'>major.</span> <span m='93310'>That</span> <span m='93720'>would've</span> <span m='93870'>opened</span> <span m='94150'>a</span> <span m='94220'>lot</span> <span m='94420'>more</span> <span m='94830'>doors</span> <span m='95250'>that</span> <span m='95410'>I</span> <span m='95530'>really</span> <span m='95900'>wish</span> <span m='96120'>I</span> <span m='96180'>could</span> <span m='96690'>go</span> <span m='96900'>through</span> <span m='97190'>now</span> <span m='98030'>easier</span> <span m='98510'>then</span> <span m='98730'>it's</span> <span m='99680'>to</span> <span m='99740'>go</span> <span m='99900'>through</span> <span m='100180'>the</span> <span m='100270'>way</span> <span m='100410'>that</span> <span m='100560'>it is</span> <span m='100810'>now.</span> <span m='102920'>But</span> <span m='103160'>I'm</span> <span m='104000'>blessed</span> <span m='104510'>and</span> <span m='104660'>thankful.</span> </p><p><span m='106890'>Advice</span> <span m='107310'>to</span> <span m='108420'>young</span> <span m='108930'>people</span> <span m='109280'>out</span> <span m='109400'>there</span> <span m='109540'>looking</span> <span m='109840'>for</span> <span m='109950'>what</span> <span m='110110'>they</span> <span m='110200'>want</span> <span m='110380'>to</span> <span m='110480'>do,</span> <span m='112030'>give</span> <span m='112340'>yourself</span> <span m='113600'>as</span> <span m='113720'>many</span> <span m='113960'>options</span> <span m='114370'>as</span> <span m='114450'>you</span> <span m='114550'>possibly</span> <span m='115010'>can</span> <span m='115890'>because</span> <span m='116020'>you're</span> <span m='116130'>going</span> <span m='116240'>to</span> <span m='116310'>change</span> <span m='116580'>your</span> <span m='116670'>mind</span> <span m='116890'>a</span> <span m='116960'>lot</span> <span m='117510'>later</span> <span m='117820'>in</span> <span m='117910'>life,</span> <span m='118220'>and</span> <span m='118320'>you're</span> <span m='118430'>not</span> <span m='118600'>going</span> <span m='118720'>to</span> <span m='118800'>know</span> <span m='120110'>exactly</span> <span m='120610'>what</span> <span m='120870'>you</span> <span m='120980'>want</span> <span m='121120'>to</span> <span m='121190'>do</span> <span m='121360'>or</span> <span m='121430'>what</span> <span m='121600'>you</span> <span m='121700'>want</span> <span m='121820'>to</span> <span m='121890'>be</span> <span m='122060'>until</span> <span m='122260'>you've</span> <span m='122420'>tried</span> <span m='122840'>many</span> <span m='123090'>things.</span> <span m='123650'>And</span> <span m='123930'>don't</span> <span m='124240'>limit</span> <span m='124450'>yourself.</span> <span m='127020'>Give</span> <span m='127350'>yourself</span> <span m='127600'>all</span> <span m='127790'>the</span> <span m='127920'>opportunities</span> <span m='128440'>you</span> <span m='128560'>possibly</span> <span m='129080'>can.</span> <span m='129330'>Learn</span> <span m='129570'>as</span> <span m='129699'>much</span> <span m='129930'>as</span> <span m='130020'>you</span> <span m='130120'>can,</span> <span m='131810'>and</span> <span m='132630'>figure</span> <span m='132880'>out</span> <span m='132960'>what</span> <span m='133090'>you</span> <span m='133590'>love</span> <span m='133830'>best</span> <span m='134130'>in</span> <span m='134190'>the</span> <span m='134270'>world</span> <span m='134660'>and</span> <span m='134870'>get</span> <span m='135030'>paid</span> <span m='135250'>to</span> <span m='135310'>do it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195570,"video_id":"2707844285001","name":"61604985","duration":136533,"thumbnail_url":null}});