Adults start new careers as teachers

Thu, 2012-07-26 11:38 -- univcomm

A group of 16 people started on a new career path as teachers after completing the Teach in Indiana Program at Anderson University. Most of them already look like experienced teachers. After all, they’ve been out of college for 10 to 20 years. They have degrees in mathematics, or marketing, but decided they would be happier teaching. So they started over. Through an accelerated program at AU, they were able to compress required courses into a year. They received their teaching licenses during ceremonies Thursday in the Olt Student Center.

“Who you are today won’t be who you are after getting your first classroom,” Suellen Reed, superintendent of public instruction for the State of Indiana, said.

Reed told the graduating class that the skills and experiences they have will have an important impact on the type of teacher they will become.

“You are to be commended for bringing your time and talents to education,” she said. “You will make a difference for the students you teach. You have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the world.”

Reed said everyone has that special teacher they remember for motivating, exciting and inspiring and the ability to make learning fun.

“Teachers can make a difference for every student no matter what their background is,” said Reed. “We spend a lot of time talking about test scores and they are used to determine if our students know what they need to. As important is teaching students to be good citizens. Your influence will go beyond the classroom.”

Graduate Brian Williams said that God has blessed his life through the experience.

“We have built strong relationships,” he said. “In the future we will build relationships with our students, parents, colleagues and community.”

Williams said the group learned to see the value of each student and to prepare them for their future.

“We will make a difference, one student at a time,” he said.

Graduate Patricia Hinton said the group connected to each other during the year and learned together and helped each other.

“We have went from being challenged to being challenging,” she said. “Together we discovered the teacher inside of us. Let us accept the challenge of changing the world, one student at a time.”

To enroll or for more information, visit Applications are being accepted now for the August program.

— Writer BY KEN de la BASTIDE is a reporter with the Anderson Herald-Bulletin. On the Web at