Sonni Rose Mazzone: The Life of A Teacher

All my life I have had very important teachers that have shaped me into the person I am today. Of course, each teacher taught me the basic subjects I needed to know before moving on. However, they were also role models and guides as well. They were the adults who I could called a friend and I always knew they had my best interest at heart. 

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Fig.1 Women Helping Child.

 

However, not everyone can be a teacher. It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher. A teacher needs skills such as understanding, patience, able to listen and communicate in a well manner, be organized, have problem sensitivity, be a problem solver, and implement learning strategies.

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Fig 2. Teacher with students.

 

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Fig.2 Top: GED. Bottom:Diploma.

Nevertheless there steps in which a person needs to take to become a teacher. Of course, first a person needs to have their GED or have a high school diploma. 

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Fig.3. Mascot

After high school, it is then time to pick college. When first coming to see the universality of Scranton, I was so fascinated with all the wonderful majors the U had to offer and how sweet and kind everyone was.

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Fig.4 Top: Teacher With Special Needs Child. Bottom: Adult with child talking to Principle.

Even though I was coming in undecided  and was not really sure what I wanted to do yet, the University’s’ educational programs were extremely interesting to me. The programs that stuck out to me the most was our BS/MS in Special Education and Educational Administration  M.S., which are five year programs. 

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Fig. 5 Individual holding up certificate.

 

However, instead of taking the five year way,  I could just achieve my bachelors degree and happily work at a private or public middle school in my area. Public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license that varies from state to state. 

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Fig. 6 Student teacher showing class cups with teacher next to her.

Whiling working toward a bachelors degree and in order to receive certification, a student must go through training of student teaching. This is when a student works with a teacher to experience the full and real classroom setting. 

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Fig. 7 Teacher talking with student.

A middle school work environment is extremely different from a teachers who teach on a higher level.  A middle teacher has the same children from early in the morning to late afternoon five days a week. Teachers in middle schools teach multiple subjects.

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Fig. 8 Teacher with students.

 Things are often more structured and mostly everything is done in the classroom. Teachers are more hands on in a middle school. Things in a middle school are often more babied. 

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Fig. 9. Man thinking

If after years of working in a middle school, it is time for some change and more of a challenge, teachers can always go higher up in their career and teach a high school level. 

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Fig. 10. Teacher talking with a student

A high school teacher is required to have at least a bachelors degree. Some states also require high school teachers to have majored in a specific subjects or subject they are planning to teach. 

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Fig. 11 Students writing with teacher upfront

 

However a high school teacher environment is very different compared to middle school. Teachers still do see students five days a week,however, they see different grades at different times of day for a certain amount of time a day. Teachers are able to treat the children as young adults.

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Fig. 12 Students in Hallway.

Teachers could then  go even higher to post-secondary education,which is colleges or universities. However, most of the time, universities will require doctoral degrees in their field. Nevertheless, colleges will accept teachers will just their masters.

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Fig.13 Teacher upfront of the classroom.

 

The environment for professor is much different then the rest. They  work part time by seeing students twice or three days a week.They are in different classrooms with each class. Some professors even work at multiple universities. Professor treat the students as adults.   

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Fig. 14 Professors talking with students.

 

 

Another thing that has always interest about teachers is the way they dress.  A teacher, more then often, is dressed in a formal and appropriate way.  This appearance shows the student the teacher is respectable, well-kept, responsible, and  honorable. 

 

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Fig.15 Left:Man Modeling formal wear. Right: Women Modeling formal wear.

 

 

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Fig.16 Left: Man modeling sweatsuit. Right: Women modeling sweatsuit

 More then likely, if a teacher continuously walked into class looking as if they did not care the students would feel they same way about the work and the teacher. It would also make it hard for the student to trust and believe in someone who did not care.

 

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Fig. 17 Women With Money Falling.

Although this job comes with many skills and takes a special person to do it well. however, it is not a job that is raining money. 

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Fig.18 :Top Left:Empty Class room. Top Right: Teacher sitting on desk and talking to students. Center: Teacher drawing and explains to class.

The salary of a teacher depends on where you teach, whether it is a  private or public school, years a person has been teaching, whether masters or bachelors degree, and other certificates a individuals has.

Although teaching salaries are not the highest and it often take a while before an individual starts making money. The job prospects are increasing. 

Middle School Teachers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment projections data for middle school teachers, 2014-24
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2014 Projected Employment, 2024 Change, 2014-24 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education 25-2022 627,500 664,200 6 36,800 [XLS
Fig . 19 Employment projections

Nevertheless, how much does money, employment projections, or amount of work matter when you see happy smiling faces like that everyday?

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Fig. 20 Smiling children.

 

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