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SCHOOL FOUNDER/TEACHER, IN-DEPTH: Hiring The Right Teacher Is Hard

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Yelena is the co-founder and teacher for Digital Monkey School. It's an after school program that teachers children digital arts and music. Yelena goes into detail about what she dislikes about her job, key career decisions she made, the difficulty of getting a job and her work-life balance.

Job Title: School Founder/Teacher
Employer: Digital Monkey School

Job Summary: Elementary-Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education

Job Description

A teacher has the unique and special responsibility of helping to develop and mold the lives of students. Teaching should be something you love to do, as opposed to being just a job. Students will appreciate a teacher with a passion for their subject, as this passion is infectious, and makes students more receptive to what is being taught.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

All states require public school teachers to have a state-issued certification or license. Most states require teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. Some states require etachers to have a master’s degree for career advancement. All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability, Empathy

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m='13490'>dislike</span> <span m='13910'>is,</span> <span m='14660'>I</span> <span m='14760'>guess</span> <span m='18630'>it's a</span> <span m='18870'>little</span> <span m='19050'>bit</span> <span m='19440'>hard</span> <span m='19880'>in</span> <span m='20000'>terms</span> <span m='20280'>of</span> <span m='20430'>the</span> <span m='20870'>real</span> <span m='21090'>estate.</span> <span m='21580'>It's</span> <span m='21750'>hard</span> <span m='22070'>to</span> <span m='22200'>find</span> <span m='22730'>really</span> <span m='23040'>good</span> <span m='23350'>spots</span> <span m='24240'>where</span> <span m='24620'>I</span> <span m='24720'>can</span> <span m='26032'>put</span> <span m='26490'>everything</span> <span m='26930'>what</span> <span m='27100'>I</span> <span m='27240'>want</span> <span m='29860'>for</span> <span m='29960'>my</span> <span m='30070'>music</span> <span m='30380'>department.</span> <span m='31460'>And</span> <span m='31730'>my</span> <span m='32104'>wish</span> <span m='32479'>is</span> <span m='33860'>to</span> <span m='33930'>expand.</span> <span m='35530'>And</span> <span m='35920'>that's</span> <span m='36195'>probably</span> <span m='37520'>the</span> <span m='37810'>most</span> <span m='38985'>dislikable</span> <span m='39715'>thing</span> <span m='40270'>about</span> <span m='40730'>the</span> <span m='40920'>job--</span> <span m='41430'>the</span> <span m='41670'>real</span> <span m='42000'>estate.</span> </p><p><span m='43130'>So</span> <span m='43500'>the</span> <span m='43630'>key</span> <span m='43830'>decision</span> <span m='44270'>is</span> <span m='44400'>actually</span> <span m='44870'>to</span> <span m='44960'>go</span> <span m='45160'>ahead</span> <span m='45600'>and</span> <span m='45740'>be</span> <span m='45860'>brave,</span> <span m='46320'>and</span> <span m='46550'>to</span> <span m='46880'>open</span> <span m='47210'>the</span> <span m='47320'>school,</span> <span m='47900'>and</span> <span m='48340'>to</span> <span m='52040'>advertise</span> <span m='52990'>our</span> <span m='53300'>program.</span> <span m='55210'>And</span> <span m='57910'>there's</span> <span m='58170'>lots</span> <span m='58390'>of</span> <span m='58490'>competitors.</span> <span m='59840'>And</span> <span m='60220'>I</span> <span m='60360'>wouldn't</span> <span m='61100'>actually</span> <span m='61520'>call them</span> <span m='61780'>competitors.</span> <span m='62685'>It's</span> <span m='63040'>just</span> <span m='63270'>people</span> <span m='64870'>who</span> <span m='65269'>are</span> <span m='65550'>trying to</span> <span m='65640'>teach as</span> <span m='66010'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='66840'>But</span> <span m='68166'>it's</span> <span m='68614'>just</span> <span m='69720'>such</span> <span m='70140'>a</span> <span m='70620'>happy</span> <span m='71550'>environment</span> <span m='72530'>in</span> <span m='72700'>the Bay</span> <span m='72930'>area.</span> <span m='73300'>People</span> <span m='73850'>love</span> <span m='74200'>to</span> <span m='74390'>learn,</span> <span m='75220'>and</span> <span m='76620'>they are</span> <span m='76830'>happy</span> <span m='77150'>to</span> <span m='77320'>come.</span> <span m='77560'>And,</span> <span m='78450'>basically,</span> <span m='78880'>we</span> <span m='79030'>have</span> <span m='79230'>like</span> <span m='79410'>almost</span> <span m='81560'>trusting</span> <span m='82020'>relationships</span> <span m='83130'>with</span> <span m='83260'>the</span> <span m='83360'>parents</span> <span m='83740'>and</span> <span m='84120'>students.</span> </p><p><span m='85230'>The</span> <span m='85360'>hardest</span> <span m='85850'>thing</span> <span m='86150'>for</span> <span m='86220'>me is</span> <span m='86580'>to</span> <span m='86750'>find</span> <span m='87130'>the</span> <span m='87240'>teachers</span> <span m='87730'>who</span> <span m='87900'>I</span> <span m='87960'>can</span> <span m='88240'>train.</span> <span m='88820'>Because</span> <span m='89620'>the</span> <span m='89710'>methods</span> <span m='90120'>is</span> <span m='90370'>so</span> <span m='90790'>excellent</span> <span m='91370'>for</span> <span m='91450'>both</span> <span m='91730'>departments,</span> <span m='91995'>for</span> <span m='92260'>digital</span> <span m='92650'>art</span> <span m='92740'>department</span> <span m='93500'>and</span> <span m='93720'>for</span> <span m='93800'>music</span> <span m='94120'>department.</span> <span m='95150'>And</span> <span m='95870'>to</span> <span m='95980'>find</span> <span m='96360'>the</span> <span m='96450'>good</span> <span m='97680'>teachers</span> <span m='98690'>who</span> <span m='98990'>actually</span> <span m='99250'>have</span> <span m='100710'>background</span> <span m='101040'>in</span> <span m='101370'>music</span> <span m='101950'>or</span> <span m='102380'>who</span> <span m='102690'>have</span> <span m='102810'>background</span> <span m='103470'>in</span> <span m='103710'>arts</span> <span m='104230'>and</span> <span m='105810'>to</span> <span m='106010'>train</span> <span m='106390'>them,</span> <span m='107000'>it's</span> <span m='107240'>probably</span> <span m='107680'>the</span> <span m='107780'>hardest</span> <span m='108035'>thing.</span> <span m='108500'>It's</span> <span m='108680'>not</span> <span m='108900'>easy,</span> <span m='109770'>and</span> <span m='110040'>it</span> <span m='110280'>takes</span> <span m='110910'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='111880'>Oh,</span> <span m='112090'>my</span> <span m='112230'>work-life</span> <span m='112920'>balance</span> <span m='113230'>is</span> <span m='113580'>great</span> <span m='113690'>because</span> <span m='114930'>it's</span> <span m='115370'>my</span> <span m='115690'>own</span> <span m='115870'>business.</span> <span m='116520'>I</span> <span m='116640'>can</span> <span m='117610'>make</span> <span m='117840'>my</span> <span m='117970'>own</span> <span m='118200'>hours.</span> <span m='118510'>And</span> <span m='120250'>with a</span> <span m='120620'>baby,</span> <span m='120810'>I</span> <span m='121010'>can</span> <span m='121720'>manage</span> <span m='122180'>it</span> <span m='122380'>really</span> <span m='122630'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='122890'>So</span> <span m='126600'>my</span> <span m='126820'>hours</span> <span m='127240'>are</span> <span m='127280'>flexible.</span> <span m='127800'>Even</span> <span m='128120'>though,</span> <span m='129020'>when</span> <span m='129169'>you</span> <span m='129259'>have</span> <span m='129509'>your own</span> <span m='129710'>business,</span> <span m='130110'>you</span> <span m='130199'>have</span> <span m='130410'>to</span> <span m='130530'>work</span> <span m='131230'>nights</span> <span m='131590'>and</span> <span m='131730'>weekends.</span> <span m='133460'>But</span> <span m='133950'>I</span> <span m='134070'>can</span> <span m='134510'>have</span> <span m='134730'>flexibility</span> <span m='135570'>and</span> <span m='135800'>just</span> <span m='136410'>work</span> <span m='137020'>on</span> <span m='137180'>the</span> <span m='137270'>weekends</span> <span m='137910'>or</span> <span m='138220'>during</span> <span m='138530'>the</span> <span m='138630'>nights</span> <span m='140110'>to</span> <span m='140240'>set</span> <span m='140430'>up</span> <span m='140600'>my</span> <span m='141310'>programs</span> <span m='142002'>or</span> <span m='143050'>do</span> <span m='143210'>some</span> <span m='144280'>management</span> <span m='145100'>office</span> <span m='145460'>work.</span> </p>","file":{"id":665487,"video_id":"","name":"3119-School Founder IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":146912,"thumbnail_url":null}});