Amanda Jay, English Teacher, CATEC
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
I have the unique opportunity to be an English teacher in a school that caters to career preparedness. My students will enter the local workforce as industry-certified employees in two years’ time. This shifts how and why I teach English. We explore hiring trends, create superb resumes, and address professional etiquette.
What’s the most common misconception about your job?
Career and vocational schools don’t receive the recognition they deserve. I teach skilled young adults who think critically and work hard. These are the people who will be building your houses, answering your emergency calls, creating your meals, and caring for your loved ones. I am part of a community asset.
Where do you see the teaching field in 5 years?
Research shows a four-year college degree doesn’t always lead to career stability. And, employers find they can’t fill positions that require skilled workers. Educators will take note of this disconnect and will work to eliminate the gap.
What outside experience prepared you best to become a teacher?
I was a career switcher. I knew it was laborious creating resumes and cover letters. I had navigated business lunches and their etiquette. I had honed my interviewing skills over time. Without realizing it, I truly appreciated these skills that became fundamental to my classroom.