I hope this is an appropriate request for this section! Anyway, I'm working on my teachers cert and I need to interview a secondary education teacher for part of a project. I've had numerous teachers I know in real life (even family members!) have said yes to the interview and have successfully been dodging me ever since and now I really have to have this done. Would anyone be so kind as to let me interview you about your first year in teaching? I already have a list of questions compiled here because time is of the essence at this point. My questions to you wonderful people are as follows: What grades did you teach your first year? Can you describe your school? (description, demographics) What subjects did you teach? How old were you when you started teaching? What subject was your degree in? Did you have any preparation for teaching? Where you well prepared? Did you have a mentor? What was that relationship like? Problems? What did you expect going in? How did your expectations change? Did your views change after your first year? What was your budget? How did you use it? What were your major challenges and how did you address them? What were your interactions with parents and the administration like? What was your teaching philosophy? Did it change? How did you balance your time and energy? What was your favorite part? Are you still teaching? Why? How have things changed? How did/do you manage student behavior? Do you have any advice for new teachers? Thank you so much to anyone who takes a few minutes to answer these questions!