Being a Pre School Teacher

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BEING A PRESCHOOL
TEACHER
By: Ziona’ White
Personal Profile for Ziona’ White
Personality
• Funny
• Crazy
• Outgoing
• Lovely
• Shy
Career
Possibilities
• Preschool
teacher
• Chef
• Middle school
teacher
Work Values
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Professionalism
Self-confidence,
Competence
Loyalty
Dependability
Skills
• Writing
• Singing
• Dancing
• Cooking
• Basketball
Interest
• Working out
• Basketball
• Helping
• Cooking
• Teaching
Personal Values
• Good citizenship
• Curiosity
• Learning
• Positivity
• Accountability
Work you Perform
• Monitor students' progress, and provide students and teachers with
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assistance in resolving any problems.
Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies,
and students' behavioral or learning problems.
Set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies,
procedures, and programs to carry them out.
Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of educational,
vocational, or student activity programs.
Direct and coordinate activities of teachers or administrators at daycare
centers, schools, public agencies, or institutions.
Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting, or
personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct
preparation and maintenance activities.
Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff, and
recommend personnel actions for programs and services.
Teach classes or courses, or provide direct care to children.
Wage and Salary
• You make $25,700 a year for being a preschool
teacher.
• You make $12.35 an hour for being a preschool
teacher.
Characteristics
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Active Listening
Speaking Talking
Monitoring /Assessing
Reading Comprehension
Coordination Adjusting
Social Perceptiveness
Critical Thinking
Time Management
Writing
Management of Personnel Resources
Service Orientation
Judgment and Decision Making
Instructing
Negotiation
Active Learning
Learning Strategies
• Complex Problem Solving
Educational background needed
• Bachelor's Degree
• Associate's Degree
• Some College Courses
• Master's Degree
• Post-Master's Certificate
Where you can get the
education needed
• Argosy University-Washington D.C.
• College of William and Mary
• George Mason University
• Hampton University
• Liberty University
• Lynchburg College
• Marymount University
• Old Dominion University
• Radford University
• Shenandoah University
• Strayer University-Virginia
• University of Mary Washington
• University of Richmond
• University of Virginia-Main Campus
• Virginia Commonwealth University
• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Advantages
• Though you won't get rich, you will receive a solid paycheck with a salary in line
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with other professions.
Benefits such as health insurance and retirement savings, which are often hard to
come by in today's job market.
Work schedule will often match those of your children, potentially reducing child
care costs.
Weekends, holidays, and the summer off.
Opportunity to share your passion and foster it in others.
It's a great job as long as you love working with kids
The kids learn and grow so much over the year!
Knowing that you're making a difference.
Disadvantages
• Small school budgets can be frustrating.
• Bureaucracy of red tape, guidelines, and managing the changing and often conflicting directives
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or principals, school boards, and parent-teacher associations.
Homework. Teachers' work includes a great deal of behind-the-scenes activity preparing
activities, grading work, and interacting with parents.
Typically low pay even with a college degree.
Usually very little respect, we get called glorified babysitters and a host of other things.
People don't think they we're actually teaching them anything and that we're not important
Difficulty meeting the needs of many diverse students
Often required to earn a master's degree for greatest job security (this is a perk from my
perspective)
Career Ladder
There are three levels of the Career Ladder: Coordinator
Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Master Teacher. As teachers grow
in their skills, leadership ability, and knowledge of the
Connections Academy program and virtual education, the three
levels of the Career Ladder provide an opportunity for
professional advancement and a corresponding increase in
compensation.
Employee outlook
• Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow
by 25 percent faster than the average for all
occupations.
• Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the
importance of early childhood education and the
growing population of children ages 3 to 5.
• Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic and
nonacademic activities of preschool and childcare
centers or programs.
• Teach classes or courses, or provide direct care to
children.
• Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and
supplemental staff, and recommend personnel actions
for programs and services.
Related occupations
• Training and Development Managers
• Education Administrators, Postsecondary
• Medical and Health Services Managers
• Social and Community Service Managers
• Management Analysts
• Training and Development Specialists
• Instructional Coordinators
• First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
• Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
• Education Administrators, Postsecondary
• Distance Learning Coordinators
• Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
• Regulatory Affairs Specialists
• Instructional Coordinators
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