Military Veteran- Aspiring Teacher!

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  1. Navy80

    Navy80 New Member

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    Hello! I come here searching for advice...

    I have 10 years of military service. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Preparedness and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

    I served on my local school board for four years and fell in love with education. I enjoy mentoring, coaching, and teaching kids about life, finances, and sports.

    I live in Indiana and want to work towards getting my teaching license. I want to take a tremendous pay cut to be a teacher.

    Questions

    1. My interest for teaching is history and PE. I’m a terrible test take and fear I may never pass these licensure tests. Any advice on which path to take here?

    2. My goal is to become Athletic Director and /or Dean of Students. Any advice on a path to obtain these positions?

    3. I have six months of my GI Bill left and want to use it wisely. I’m a bit overwhelmed with deciding which path forward, which has put me at a standstill. Which school is best? Which program is best? My degrees do not translate well to education. Indiana has career specialist, transition to teaching, etc. but it appears I may have to start from scratch to get a teaching degree.

    4. As you can tell, I’m a rambler! However, my passion is helping and guiding kids. I’m really good at it and I want to follow my passion. I will pay off my house is the next four years and once it’s paid off I want to become a teacher.

    I guess I’m scared licensure testing and scared I’m picking the wrong career path.

    Help!
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Getting less scared of test taking might be a good start for you whatever else you decide to do, and is something you can do on your own. Let me recommend a couple of books from LearningExpress. (No, I don't work for that company. But LearningExpress's Skill Builders series of books are widely available through bookstores and libraries and reasonably priced; answers are thoroughly explained, and it doesn't hurt that the tone is generally friendly and the writing is decent.) First, work through Reading Comprehension in 20 Minutes a Day: if your general reading comprehension is already strong, think of this book as Introduction to How to Read For Tests. There's also a book of practice questions, 501 Reading Comprehension Questions. When you've gotten more or less comfortable with that level, work through Reasoning Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day, which will sharpen your ability to ferret out what it is that distinguishes the correct possible answer from the almost-identical distractor that doesn't fit quite as well.

    Can you enlighten me as to why you want to teach history?
     
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    Thanks for the sound advice, Groupie. I appreciate it!

    History- I love history. I enjoy watching and learning about history. Same goes for geography.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    That's a fine reason, Navy80! How far it will get you with Indiana teacher licensure is another question; judging from the Indiana department of education's page on alternate licensure, a bachelor's in the subject matter does mostly seem to be required. I'm hoping that one or another of our Indianans will show up to confirm how hard and fast this rule is - and how glutted the field of teaching is or isn't. (When teachers are in short supply, hard-and-fast rules tend to be... eased.)

    You mentioned that you served on the local school board. This would be a good time to network. Let me recommend taking your question about licensure to board staff. Even if no one has the answers you seek, chances are good that the people there can suggest real live people to whom you can talk. School district HR departments often have a good deal of insight into licensure matters.

    Is there a reason that Troops to Teachers doesn't work for you?
     
  6. stephenpe

    stephenpe Connoisseur

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    Navy, my best friend was retired Navy (20 yrs) and then taught kindergarten for about 25 yrs. He loved it. I taught PE for 40 yrs in elem. I loved it too. I had a first cousin retire from the Army (30 yrs) and loved working in the elem. school as a volunteer. He was gonna go for the certification but cancer got him before he could do it. You can do this and don't let any thing stand in your way...........
     

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