Before deciding to become a public school teacher, I was a newspaper reporter and editor. I worked as news and features writer and a community and online editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix for more than three decades. I won awards, traveled, met fascinating people and, at times, helped readers solve problems or better understand our complicated world. The work was fun, challenging and satisfying.
Then, in 2012, I saw people working in a career I suspected I might enjoy even more than journalism. I was assigned to cover the Common Core standards debate and new brain-science based teaching methods that go along with them. As I sat in on classes and watched the way 21st Century teachers work, I was mesmerized.
Teaching became something I wanted try myself.
I took a buyout from the newspaper in November 2015 and begin a 30-month journey to the classroom. I intend to build on BA and MA degrees I hold in Spanish from Ohio State University and Arizona State University and become a certified secondary education Spanish teacher by May 2018. I’m enrolled in Rio Salado College’s teacher training program and plan to train as a teaching intern in a Valley classroom starting in the fall of 2016.
I started this blog, The Classroom Scoop, to share my experiences as a new teacher, and to what I learn about education science, theory and policy along the way.
Please follow my blog and join along as I make the journey from the newsroom to the classroom!