Is teaching in your blood?

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  1. catnfiddle

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    Both of my parents are retired teachers and my brother briefly worked at the Department of Education (he's the family oddball in web design). It took me a long time to complete my teaching certification due to many factors, mainly my own immaturity in my teens and twenties, but I'm exactly where my DNA placed me.
     
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    Nope, no teachers in my family. My (step)-mother-in-law was, and funny enough, my cousin who I always connected with much more than my sisters when growing up, is also a teacher, but none that I know of in any higher generations. (Errr, I forgot my Aunt on my dad's side - she teaches in college)
     
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    I have some in my family, but I'm the only one who didn't get a real job right out of school and had to substitute.
     
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    My parents are both teachers. My mom worked in a lovely private school. I would love to teach somewhere like that (the school closed a few years ago due to lack of funds), but can't afford a private school salary as a single person. My dad works in public school. At his school, they don't let family work together so it certainly didn't help me any! Like a pp said, I wouldn't want to work in the same school (or even district) anyway because I would hate being constantly compared to my dad. His principal did offer to interview me for practice when I graduated, which was really nice of him. I ended up getting a job before the interview was set up, but I definitely appreciated the offer. I moved states for a job right out of college. I ended up loving it here and have no plans to move back to my home state!
     
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    Have I mentioned I'm a second-generation substitute? My mother subbed all through my childhood and waited (well, kind of HAD to for a position to open) until my brother was in college to take a full-time gig. I subbed for three years before I was hired at my current school.
     
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    You have now :)
     
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    I've been teaching for over twenty years. I have no need to ride on anyone's coat tails.

    The past three jobs I've had were offers on the spot at my interview.

    It does help to have stellar references. I do have some very well known and admired administrators as references. That has helped immensely.

    And no, I am not related to any of these administrators. They were all strangers before I started working for them.
     
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    Both of my grandmothers taught.
     
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    I always liked to call myself a "guest teacher" or "gypsy educator". It was amazing to be in a position to help that many students to learn. THOUSANDS of students look at my own mother as a maternal figure years later. The only way I came close to having that kind of effect was as this past year as a department chair, helping my team help their kiddos.
     
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    I can learn a lot from you on remaining positive about substitute teaching. It's a frustrating thing, but it's part of the game.
     
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    Me and my twin sister are the only teachers on our side of the family. Both 3rd grade teachers as well!
    My fiancés family has a huge part of teachers. Many of his aunts, uncles, and cousins are teachers.

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    I forgot that my brother taught some college courses at one point but he didn't really like it!
     
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    I have a sister who is a teacher, two aunts who were teachers; one was an administrator; two aunts who were paraeducators, and an uncle by marriage who was a teacher along with many cousins. However, teaching got in "my blood" from first subbing and then being a para. These things at the age of 37 helped to finally see what I wanted to be when I grew up.
     
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    Teaching doesn't really run in my family necessarily - my mom student taught chemistry but ended up going into a different field, and my dad's a professor at the university near here, but other than that there aren't any teachers in my family I know of (although now that I think of it, I think my grandpa and one of my uncles might have been professors at some point).
    In any case, I'd still say teaching is in my blood because I can't NOT teach. Even when I thought I was never going to teach in a classroom, I still ended up teaching in some form (most of the time it's, "Hey, did you know ____" any chance I get). It's just what I do. I love to learn and I love to tell people what I've learned, and I love seeing the lightbulb go on when someone understands something, whether they're 3 or 30.
     

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