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2ND GRADE TEACHER: Job Is Challenging, Demanding, Rewarding

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As a 2nd Grade Teacher, the day constantly changes and expecting the unexpected becomes the ordinary. It is a challenging, demanding and time-consuming career and it is important to set limits and prioritize. But it is a rewarding career and seeing students succeed is very fulfilling.

Degree: Education
Job Title: 2nd Grade Teacher
Employer: St. Peter's

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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
Indoor, Physically demanding, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Leadership ability, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Empathy, People skills, Public speaking ability
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m='10710'>in</span> <span m='10780'>the</span> <span m='10850'>'70s,</span> <span m='11410'>in</span> <span m='11520'>public</span> <span m='11810'>school,</span> <span m='12080'>actually.</span> <span m='12920'>And</span> <span m='13710'>I</span> <span m='13850'>taught</span> <span m='14900'>first grade,</span> <span m='15320'>first</span> <span m='15590'>and</span> <span m='15700'>second</span> <span m='15970'>grade,</span> <span m='16910'>third</span> <span m='17140'>grade,</span> <span m='17880'>and</span> <span m='18070'>second</span> <span m='18310'>grade</span> <span m='18580'>there.</span> <span m='18970'>And</span> <span m='19290'>then</span> <span m='20760'>I</span> <span m='20860'>had</span> <span m='21050'>my</span> <span m='21530'>family,</span> <span m='22130'>and</span> <span m='22290'>I</span> <span m='22390'>decided</span> <span m='22960'>to</span> <span m='23050'>take</span> <span m='23290'>some</span> <span m='23440'>time off,</span> <span m='23830'>which</span> <span m='24030'>I did.</span> <span m='24450'>Took</span> <span m='24730'>nine</span> <span m='24960'>years</span> <span m='25200'>off.</span> </p><p><span m='25720'>And</span> <span m='25910'>then</span> <span m='26050'>raising</span> <span m='26390'>my</span> <span m='26530'>family,</span> <span m='26930'>I</span> <span m='27020'>decided,</span> <span m='27490'>you know,</span> <span m='27850'>I</span> <span m='28000'>love</span> <span m='28300'>teaching,</span> <span m='28720'>but</span> <span m='29620'>to</span> <span m='29760'>do</span> <span m='30030'>it</span> <span m='30210'>full</span> <span m='30440'>time,</span> <span m='30830'>it's</span> <span m='31070'>all</span> <span m='31310'>encompassing.</span> <span m='31920'>So</span> <span m='32170'>I</span> <span m='32290'>decided</span> <span m='32790'>I</span> <span m='32950'>would</span> <span m='33090'>substitute</span> <span m='33530'>teach.</span> <span m='33890'>So for</span> <span m='34150'>10</span> <span m='34380'>years,</span> <span m='35130'>I</span> <span m='35200'>substitute</span> <span m='35700'>taught.</span> <span m='36020'>And</span> <span m='36200'>I</span> <span m='36410'>was</span> <span m='36640'>blessed</span> <span m='37060'>to</span> <span m='37380'>be</span> <span m='37670'>in</span> <span m='38200'>the</span> <span m='38390'>archdiocese</span> <span m='38870'>here in</span> <span m='39270'>San Francisco</span> <span m='39710'>and</span> <span m='39980'>Catholic</span> <span m='40360'>schools,</span> <span m='40770'>and I</span> <span m='40940'>loved</span> <span m='41280'>it.</span> <span m='41710'>And</span> <span m='41920'>then</span> <span m='42040'>when</span> <span m='42230'>my</span> <span m='42540'>son</span> <span m='42900'>went</span> <span m='43090'>off</span> <span m='43220'>to</span> <span m='43330'>college,</span> <span m='43760'>I</span> <span m='43810'>said,</span> <span m='44020'>OK,</span> <span m='45410'>I'm</span> <span m='45590'>ready</span> <span m='45770'>to</span> <span m='45920'>go</span> <span m='46030'>back</span> <span m='46290'>full</span> <span m='46460'>time,</span> <span m='46680'>which</span> <span m='46890'>I</span> <span m='46960'>did.</span> <span m='47320'>So</span> <span m='47430'>I've</span> <span m='47540'>been</span> <span m='47670'>back</span> <span m='47950'>full</span> <span m='48120'>time</span> <span m='48400'>now</span> <span m='48520'>about</span> <span m='48810'>six</span> <span m='49030'>years</span> <span m='49810'>loving</span> <span m='50250'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='50690'>And</span> <span m='52090'>what</span> <span m='52270'>I</span> <span m='52420'>find</span> <span m='52820'>interesting</span> <span m='53330'>is</span> <span m='53480'>that</span> <span m='54020'>truly,</span> <span m='54900'>even</span> <span m='55160'>though</span> <span m='55270'>I've</span> <span m='55380'>been</span> <span m='55470'>doing</span> <span m='55660'>this</span> <span m='55840'>a</span> <span m='55900'>long</span> <span m='56150'>time,</span> <span m='56980'>I</span> <span m='57160'>work</span> <span m='57820'>harder</span> <span m='58250'>now</span> <span m='59050'>than</span> <span m='59270'>I</span> <span m='59400'>worked</span> <span m='59670'>as</span> <span m='59790'>a new</span> <span m='59990'>teacher,</span> <span m='60430'>really.</span> <span m='61070'>I</span> <span m='61150'>mean,</span> <span m='61300'>I</span> <span m='61420'>remember</span> <span m='61820'>thinking</span> <span m='62300'>when</span> <span m='62740'>I</span> <span m='62870'>was</span> <span m='63160'>a</span> <span m='63200'>teacher</span> <span m='63530'>how</span> <span m='64220'>in</span> <span m='64580'>school,</span> <span m='64910'>we heard</span> <span m='65269'>years</span> <span m='65459'>ago,</span> <span m='65880'>teachers</span> <span m='66350'>were</span> <span m='66720'>old maids,</span> <span m='67360'>and</span> <span m='67520'>they</span> <span m='67990'>couldn't</span> <span m='68460'>get</span> <span m='68620'>married.</span> <span m='69460'>That</span> <span m='69670'>just</span> <span m='69980'>was the</span> <span m='70050'>way</span> <span m='70150'>it</span> <span m='70210'>was</span> <span m='70310'>supposed</span> <span m='70610'>to</span> <span m='70670'>be.</span> <span m='70910'>And</span> <span m='71020'>I</span> <span m='71100'>really</span> <span m='71420'>understand</span> <span m='72020'>that,</span> <span m='72460'>because</span> <span m='72850'>to</span> <span m='72970'>do</span> <span m='73270'>this</span> <span m='73650'>job</span> <span m='74000'>well,</span> <span m='74550'>it</span> <span m='74700'>can</span> <span m='74880'>take</span> <span m='75590'>every</span> <span m='75850'>hour of your</span> <span m='76120'>waking</span> <span m='76560'>day.</span> <span m='77060'>Of</span> <span m='77180'>course,</span> <span m='77450'>it</span> <span m='77640'>obviously</span> <span m='78050'>can't,</span> <span m='78480'>but</span> <span m='79230'>the</span> <span m='79400'>demands</span> <span m='80110'>are</span> <span m='80570'>intense.</span> <span m='81590'>I</span> <span m='81680'>mean,</span> <span m='82090'>I</span> <span m='82220'>love</span> <span m='82500'>it,</span> <span m='82770'>and</span> <span m='83110'>it's</span> <span m='83330'>very,</span> <span m='83580'>very</span> <span m='83860'>intense</span> <span m='84280'>and</span> <span m='84410'>time</span> <span m='84640'>consuming.</span> </p><p><span m='86260'>So</span> <span m='86790'>any</span> <span m='86980'>advice</span> <span m='87380'>I would</span> <span m='87500'>give</span> <span m='87810'>to anybody,</span> <span m='88560'>just</span> <span m='88940'>know</span> <span m='89300'>you</span> <span m='89410'>have</span> <span m='89640'>to</span> <span m='89790'>really</span> <span m='91370'>be</span> <span m='91670'>able</span> <span m='91860'>to</span> <span m='92000'>prioritize</span> <span m='93420'>and</span> <span m='93850'>to</span> <span m='94300'>just</span> <span m='94810'>set</span> <span m='95070'>limits</span> <span m='95480'>and</span> <span m='95600'>say,</span> <span m='95820'>OK,</span> <span m='96080'>I</span> <span m='96140'>can</span> <span m='96300'>just</span> <span m='96530'>do</span> <span m='96620'>this</span> <span m='96910'>much.</span> <span m='97460'>And</span> <span m='97630'>just</span> <span m='97830'>do</span> <span m='97890'>your</span> <span m='98100'>best</span> <span m='98420'>and</span> <span m='98500'>all,</span> <span m='99860'>because</span> <span m='100390'>it</span> <span m='100550'>is</span> <span m='100910'>demanding.</span> <span m='102070'>It's</span> <span m='102280'>a</span> <span m='102340'>wonderful</span> <span m='102770'>profession.</span> <span m='103300'>What</span> <span m='103460'>I</span> <span m='103500'>love</span> <span m='103820'>about</span> <span m='104150'>it</span> <span m='104540'>is</span> <span m='105080'>not</span> <span m='105310'>only</span> <span m='105830'>is</span> <span m='106090'>it</span> <span m='107260'>challenging</span> <span m='107990'>to</span> <span m='108110'>get</span> <span m='108300'>to</span> <span m='108420'>know</span> <span m='108560'>the</span> <span m='108680'>students,</span> <span m='109280'>but</span> <span m='109430'>you</span> <span m='109570'>also</span> <span m='109850'>interact</span> <span m='110250'>with</span> <span m='110380'>the</span> <span m='110440'>families.</span> </p><p><span m='111440'>And there's</span> <span m='111640'>just</span> <span m='111870'>so</span> <span m='111990'>many</span> <span m='112180'>dimensions</span> <span m='112490'>to it.</span> <span m='113010'>There's</span> <span m='113270'>the</span> <span m='113340'>academic</span> <span m='113890'>dimension.</span> <span m='114370'>There's</span> <span m='114610'>the</span> <span m='114690'>whole</span> <span m='115320'>family</span> <span m='115730'>social</span> <span m='116190'>dimension.</span> <span m='116600'>There's</span> <span m='116820'>the</span> <span m='116890'>dimension</span> <span m='117270'>in</span> <span m='117380'>your</span> <span m='117500'>classroom</span> <span m='117930'>of</span> <span m='118030'>the</span> <span m='118140'>kids</span> <span m='118760'>getting</span> <span m='119050'>along</span> <span m='119410'>and</span> <span m='119530'>trying</span> <span m='119890'>to</span> <span m='120060'>solve</span> <span m='120430'>problems.</span> <span m='121800'>Really,</span> <span m='123380'>there's</span> <span m='123570'>so</span> <span m='123790'>many</span> <span m='124440'>aspects</span> <span m='125030'>to</span> <span m='125230'>it</span> <span m='125580'>that</span> <span m='125770'>really</span> <span m='126030'>make</span> <span m='126240'>it</span> <span m='126330'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='127070'>And</span> <span m='128900'>every</span> <span m='129120'>day</span> <span m='129280'>is</span> <span m='129440'>different,</span> <span m='129870'>and</span> <span m='130080'>you</span> <span m='130150'>never</span> <span m='130389'>know</span> <span m='130770'>what</span> <span m='131039'>to</span> <span m='131190'>expect.</span> <span m='131670'>So</span> <span m='133690'>it's</span> <span m='133900'>a</span> <span m='133930'>great</span> <span m='134170'>profession.</span> <span m='134630'>And</span> <span m='134940'>obviously,</span> <span m='135370'>when</span> <span m='135500'>you</span> <span m='135590'>see</span> <span m='135850'>kids</span> <span m='136120'>that--</span> <span m='136560'>especially</span> <span m='136950'>because</span> <span m='137480'>I</span> <span m='137570'>have</span> <span m='138080'>primary--</span> <span m='138920'>when</span> <span m='139130'>I</span> <span m='139190'>see</span> <span m='139390'>kids</span> <span m='139640'>that</span> <span m='139810'>can't</span> <span m='140130'>read</span> <span m='140350'>or are</span> <span m='140450'>very</span> <span m='140750'>low</span> <span m='141050'>readers,</span> <span m='141390'>and then</span> <span m='141470'>by</span> <span m='141570'>the</span> <span m='141780'>end</span> <span m='141960'>of</span> <span m='142020'>the</span> <span m='142110'>year</span> <span m='142310'>they're</span> <span m='142470'>just</span> <span m='142730'>enjoying</span> <span m='143160'>reading</span> <span m='143510'>and</span> <span m='143600'>loving</span> <span m='144150'>books</span> <span m='144480'>and all,</span> <span m='145100'>that's</span> <span m='145360'>a</span> <span m='145420'>real</span> <span m='145650'>reward</span> <span m='146120'>and a</span> <span m='146500'>real joy.</span> <span m='148540'>So</span> <span m='148880'>I</span> <span m='148960'>think</span> <span m='149240'>that</span> <span m='149760'>kind</span> <span m='149940'>of</span> <span m='150000'>covers</span> <span m='150330'>what</span> <span m='150470'>I</span> <span m='150930'>want</span> <span m='151100'>to</span> <span m='151170'>say.</span> <span m='151390'>Thank</span> <span m='151600'>you</span> <span m='151690'>very</span> <span m='151890'>much,</span> <span m='152230'>and I</span> <span m='152440'>hope</span> <span m='152660'>you</span> <span m='152840'>do</span> <span m='153010'>well</span> <span m='153220'>in</span> <span m='153290'>your</span> <span m='153420'>teaching</span> <span m='153750'>career.</span> <span m='154350'>OK,</span> <span m='154650'>bye.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167932,"video_id":"2700373792001","name":"124077281","duration":155188,"thumbnail_url":null}});