I thought it might be interesting and maybe instructive for younger members to know where we went for our undergraduate degrees, what we majored in, and the general path by which we got certified, to include (or not) out having gotten a graduate degree along the way. I went to Dartmouth and majored in English, with a minor in philosophy. Then I went to a small state school (North Adams, MA) and did the teacher courses all as independent study (70's: all things possible). I did an entire year of student teaching - very unusual at the time, part of my independent study arrangement. Then I got a job teaching high school English and gathered enough credits to cob together a Masters in ed. I got out of education (marriage, a move), and when I went back, I had to write a 118-page sermon on "competencies" and defend it before some board to get my certification back. I got my second job where I teach now, 20+ years ago. I started the philosophy course at my present school and now teach 40% philosophy/60% English. It looks more linear on paper than it felt over time. And you? (No need to be as long-winded as I (always) am.