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Networking 101: High School English Teachers
Transcript of Networking 101: High School English Teachers
High School English I / Pre-AP Teacher | Level Leader
William H. Taft High School | NISD
High School English I Teacher
English I Teacher
Stevens High School | NISD
Lynnsie McClellan | COU2103 | Professor Dionne Davila | University of Texas San Antonio | 27 April 2015
Excessive training and paperwork; daily contact with parents of failing students
Don't expect a perfect classroom!
Be prepared for things to go wrong;
Obtain lesson plans from mentor teachers
to help build portfolios
*Give input and accept critique in PLCs
*Adjust to student needs
*School selected her application from secondary pool
*1 interview with Dept Chair and Academic Dean
*Hired 2 weeks later
Basic ----> Dual Credit Courses
Room for growth and potential!
One of the LARGEST school districts in the state
Wide range of students in the school
Enjoys working with her kids, and doing different things every day (poems, short stories, novels, writing)
"It’s been a long-held philosophy of mine that if I can teach one person one thing that will improve his or her life, then I have done my job that day"
*Excited for the "ah-ha" moments
Grading papers...authentic process of non-standard assessments to evaluate understanding; teaching to STAAR test (administrative focus) not what he wants to teach
Words of Wisdom:
*Do what your students are doing - evaluate lessons from the student point of view: "If you don’t like teaching it, chances are your students won’t like learning it"
*Plan ahead, but know you can't prepare for everything
*Seek out more experienced teachers for guidance
UTSA wish list - Northside ISD
Student Teaching - hired on following year
*Not in it for the $...interested in education
*Care about students...get to know them...respect them
*Active in PLCs...contribute ideas to improve cirriculum
*Professional qualifications only matter when used to benefit student/not resume
Growth and promotion for those who are dedicated, work hard, and implement change
(210) 397-6450 ext. 3115
(210) 632-3551 mobile
(210) 397-6000 work
(210) 372-6726 (mobile)
Stevens High School | NISD
Enjoyable to be around teenagers at a unique point in their lives; different every day; keep you on your toes!
Can't leave work at work
"But then the next day a kid will proudly tell you they're a better writer than they've ever been, and it's all okay and you're ready to take on more stress"
Not enough time in the day
*Parenting Teen Books
*Understanding Brain Development
*Student Teaching at Holmes (NISD) - made positive impressions on everyone came in contact with/worked hard
*Made an impression by bringing college projects and pics of student teaching to interview
$30,000-$35,000 (Other districts)
But with better health benefits
*Love kids and have a sense of humor
*Classroom is neat, organized, inviting
"At Northside, It's Personal"
1. What is your job title?
2. What do you enjoy about your job?
3. What are some of the downsides of your job?
4. What advice do you have for me as an undergraduate student? What can I do to prepare for becoming a high school English teacher?
5. How did you get into this high school/school district? What was the hiring process like?
6. What is a typical starting salary in this field?
7. What are the skills and qualifications of the most successful teachers?
8. What is the growth and promotion potential in this field?
9. What is unique about your high school/school district?
10. Do you have any other recommendations of people I can speak with in this field?
Fine Arts Program has won several awards and achievements: marching band, choir, film, and theatre
AFJROTC Program competes at the highest level
Consistently above the district and state levels in scores and graduation rates.
High growth rate has capped enrollment and competing with the newest schools in the district. Growth brings diversity in socio-economics, mixing older, lower income areas with newer, higher priced communities in one school.
PAPERWORK - ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES - STRESS
ENGLISH I - TAFT/STEVENS HIGH SCHOOLS - NISD
PLAN AHEAD - ORGANIZATION - FIND MENTORS
DON'T EXPECT PERFECTION
STUDENT TEACHING - POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS
CARE ABOUT STUDENTS - ACTIVE IN PLCs
PRIORITY IS EDUCATION - ORGANIZED PLAN AHEAD - FLEXIBLE
MAKE CONNECTIONS - DON'T SAY NO
WORK HARD - DEDICATED - BASIC/DUAL CREDIT
IMPLEMENT CHANGE - TEACHER TO ADMIN
TAFT: AFJROTC - FINE ARTS AWARDS - ACADEMIC SCORES/GRADUATION RATE - GROWTH BRINGS DIVERSITY
STEVENS: EMBRACING DIVERSITY
NISD: LARGEST COMPETING SCHOOL DISTRICTS
PROFESSORS AT UTSA - CO-WORKERS
TEACHERS IN OTHER SCHOOLS
OBSERVE ALL POSSIBLE ENGLISH CLASSES