Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Chad from The Male Kindergarten Teacher!

Can you believe it's almost June? For many of us it is summer break. However, some of us have a couple more weeks left in school. The Guys of Primary are excited to have some fun in the sun and bring you some exclusive interviews! 

Hello everyone, it's Greg here from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. Today I have the opportunity to interview Chad from The Male Kindergarten Teacher! Chad is a kindergarten teacher in Michigan. I've got my questions ready... so let's get rolling!

1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? 
One of my first experiences, which made me aware that I wanted to become an elementary school teacher, was teaching tennis to children. During the summer of 2008, I worked as a tennis professional for junior tennis camps. I realized how much I enjoyed working with younger children and teaching them the basic skills of the game of tennis. During college I completed two internships in a second grade classroom and absolutely loved it. I knew second grade was perfect grade for me, but my supervisor thought I would be perfect for the younger grades. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 from which I received a degree in early childhood professional education with minors in mathematics, language arts, and social studies. Upon graduation, I applied for teaching positions throughout Michigan. I received seven interviews and three job offers, two of which were in Kindergarten. At this point I knew Kindergarten was the grade for me. I accepted a Kindergarten position in the same school I interned at and I am currently in my third year of teaching. I wouldn't change it for anything!

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 

When I'm not spending countless hours in my classroom, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, spending time at the lake house, and doing all things related to crafting and videography.

3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 

Yes! Teaching is so rewarding! My students inspire me to teach and create. I try to make a lasting impression on my students and launch a lifelong interest in learning, discovering, and investigating the world in which we live in. My hope is that my love and passion for teaching motivates my students to pursue a career in education. 

4. What do you like most about teaching? Least? The best part about teaching is being a positive role model for my students and instilling a passion for learning. It is difficult to think of something that I do not like about teaching. However, I definitely do not like cutting lamination. Some people find it relaxing... however... I can't stand it! 

5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? I would run and manage my own business. However, I have no idea what I would specialize in. 

6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? In general it takes someone special to teach Kindergarten, male or female. There is so much that goes into teaching children the basic fundamentals of how to be in school. The expectations have drastically changed. Kindergarten is not like it was when I was in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is the new 1st grade. I always say, "It's not a job if you love what you do." I do not teach for the money. I teach to instill a passion for learning. I feel like I am “a hero every day.” 

7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy?Teaching and learning is my passion, and one of my goals is to pass on the love of learning to my students and create lifelong learners. I believe that all children can learn through explicit instruction, high expectations, well-defined classroom procedures, and dynamic, engaging lessons. It is my goal to connect with families to help children work to their greatest potential. Teaching is all about that ‘a-ha!’ moment. When I am in front of my students and I see the light bulb come on during a lesson, I know that I am making an impact.

Thanks Chad for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Chad and check out his amazing blog and teacher resources in his TPT store!

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