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Journey To Becoming A Educator

Journey To Becoming A Educator

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What inspired you to become an Educator? Everyone has his/her reasons for choosing to become a Educator or Mentor. Everyone has a path that they took before deciding to go ahead and pursue it.

As a young student when I first enrolled in college, I was told by my family that I should try to be a medical doctor or a pharmacist. I spent three very frustrating and agonizing years taking countless Chemistry and Biology classes that I totally despised. Finally, as I was sitting down with my mentor, I realizing that my true passion and calling has always been to teach and mentor those who are less informed than me, and that was something that I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. Now as an Education major, I find going to class a more enjoyable experience. I am more attentive and engaging in all that I do because it is something that I have a passion for. That is pretty my journey to becoming an Educator. What is your story??????

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David Andrade
High School Physics teacher, Educational Technology Specialist

I was working as an aerospace engineer, and while I liked it, I wasn't content. I was also working part time as a paramedic and was an EMS-Instructor teacher EMT, Paramedic, and CPR classes. I loved teaching. One day I was talking about this to my EMS partner, who happened to be a high school science teacher and he told me about Connecticut's ARC (Alternate Route to Certification) program. I applied, was accepted, passed it (and my Praxis II) and became a teacher. That was 9 years ago and I love it. I've gone on to get a Master's in Education, do training, present at conferences, write a blog, and write for an educational magazine.

My experience as a teacher led my wife to become a high school biology teacher. She was a surgical technologist, EMT, and then worked for an insurance company. She went back to college and got her degree in biology and education and now teaches too.

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I've always known that I've wanted to work with others. I also knew that I wanted to help people. I did not know exactly how until I began working in a maximum security prison. It was once I saw

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Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
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@David Great story. I could see myself doing something like that one day. My family is full of educators, and I am increasingly called to do it myself. And fun to see your wife got called too.

@tutray -Looks like you got cut off by mistake. I'd love to hear the rest of your story! I'm sure working at a maximum security prison is a real eye-opener.

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