My journey to becoming a teacher wasn’t an easy one. I graduated from college in December 2008 with an Animal Science degree. Now I know what you’re saying to yourself, “Animal Science?! What do you do with that?” It is a question I got many, many times! The true answer is “I have no idea!”
Originally, when I started college I decided on agriculture because I had a passion for it. I was raised in a town where it was completely normal to like it. (I know it sounds strange to the rest of the world but its true!) I had a desire to be a County Agent and work with children promoting Agriculture Education. There was no talking me out of it, that’s what my degree was going to be. Although I had a blast in college and I value the education I received it really didn’t work out for me in the “real world”. To begin with I graduated in one of the toughest economic times, so it was very difficult to find any sort of job. To top that off I’m a female and as backwards as it may sound there aren’t many spots for women in agriculture or at least not ones I was willing to fill.
My best friend Lacey, who graduated with me, faced the same dilemma. In January 2009, she began working through iTeachTexas an online Alternative Certification program for people who want to become teachers. In the back of my mind as she worked I felt the pull to enter the program as well. I kept having flashbacks to high school when everyone would tell me that I should be a teacher.
Now, you need to know something about me. I grew up in the tiny (and I mean TINY) town of Sterling City, Texas. I watched kids grow up and graduate, marry their high school sweethearts and settle down. While this was not the norm for everyone, it was for most and I was petrified to turn into one of “them”. I craved a life outside of Sterling City. I wanted a career that could take me anywhere but there. So the dream of being a teacher, settling down with a hubby, having kids and living on our little ranch just wasn’t something I could chase. However, in the back of my mind I always knew it was something I would enjoy.
I LOVE children and I really enjoy teaching. Not just children but anytime I can help anyone out and show them something new it just makes me feel so accomplished. So in April 2010, I began my teaching career. Now, I could bore you with all the details of iTeachTexas but trust me we’ll get to that later. I’ll just start with where the journey really begins.