I tell everyone that I have a great teaching position. Students are always excited to be in FACS class. Unless you are in 8th grade and it is 1st quarter of the school year! Students will tell me that they have nothing left to look forward to for the rest of the year. I admit, almost every student prefers the cooking side of class more than the sewing side but that’s ok. My classes are skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
I began teaching in a regular ed self-contained 6th grade classroom. I know now when “self-contained” is use, most people think of special education classrooms, I taught both in downstate Illinois as well as in a Chicago suburb interestingly both were intermediate buildings. With birth of my daughter, I became a stay at home mom and began a home daycare. I had 2 more children during that time. My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade and that started my quest for finding the best ways to teach her. I took courses in the Orton-Gillingham method for teaching reading and became a certified tutor during that time. I did not tutor my own daughter, I needed to be “mom” but I did help many students.
As my youngest reached kindergarten age, I began searching for a full time teaching position in a school district. That is how I stumbled on teaching Family and Consumer Science. I was hired and then went back to school to add the endorsement to my certificate. I don’t think I could ever go back to teaching a core subject area. I love the hands on, watching students so pleased with their creation, students helping students atmosphere. I am truly blessed having a job I love.