I decided to be a teacher when I was in college. I had tried to play football in college and I got injured pretty early on. I came back to the high school and my old coach noticed I was depressed about that situation and encouraged me to get into coaching and help him. I was reluctant at first but when I did get into it, I found out that I loved it. It was something not only did I have a passion for but I was pretty good at it too. And so my first idea was that I would be a coach primarily. But I realized I didn’t really want to teach P.E. and since most of my training had been in the sciences and math, I pursued a credential in both science and math. My first few years of teaching, I was primarily doing the in-class teaching because I loved the coaching, but as the years have gone by, I love the classroom teaching probably more than the coaching.
John Warren, Science
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
- Why did you decide to become a teacher?
- What do you like best about teaching?
- What does it take to be a good high school teacher?
- What advice would you give a first-year high school teacher?
- What challenges do you face?
- How do you work as a team with parents, administrators, and other teachers?
- How much time do you spend preparing and planning?
- How do you handle all the paperwork?
- How do you balance the many demands on your time?