Current Job Title:
Educator - High School English Teacher
Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Describe your current job:
I am a teacher and coach at Grand Haven High School. I teach English 11, Public Speaking, and Yearbook. I have the opportunity to build into the lives of young people via social and academic challenges. I coach football and help mold boys into contributing men in society.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The 'ah-ha' moment that students have when a concept is understood and mastered. I like teaching but I love my students. Being able to be a mentor to students in need is a high unlike any other. Truly giving back to society is serving our youth and the future of our communities.
If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development?
In addition to teaching internships at WMU, I served as a student assistant coach with the Broncos football team. Through these experiences I was able to gain critical experiences in a high-pressure, high-demand situations. Teaching requires the ability to handle pressure and be in-demand for others. There is never a dull moment.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
Always be persistent and advocate for yourself. There is no hand-holding in the 'real world.' Always press forward and stand up for yourself. And never stop smiling.