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Interview with David

Any background information which you would like to share…

David, ACT! Graduate

David completed the act!
program in 2008 and
currently teaches high school.

I taught at the university level for 6 years and then left teaching for a business opportunity.  Ten years later I wanted to get back into teaching but at the secondary level.  In 2002, I checked with a few local colleges and even though I had a PhD, it was going to take me 3 years and 10’s of thousands of dollars to get certified.  Then I discovered ACT !! in 2006 and literally got certified in less than a year and it was very affordable.

Why did you choose to change your career to secondary teaching in math or science?

I wanted to get back to teaching but at younger ages where the teaching is more personalized.  I’m 49 and it’s the best career move I’ve ever made.

Why did you choose the act! program?

I found it by accident on the internet on day called Tammy and literally had a meeting the next day. We lived in Neenah at the time so it was very convenient.

What is your current profession?

I teach Biology and AP biology at Oostburg High School in Oostburg, WI.  They gave me maximum  credits for my PhD and 5 years experience on their pay scale.  For me, teaching at a small high school is the best job in the world.

How are you feeling about your decision to change professions?

Awesome,  although I was a little reluctant to move my family but everyone has adjusted well.

What is the best part of the act! program and the alternative pathway to licensure?

The flexibility, and the extremely helpful instructors.

What has been the most challenging component of licensure?

The PI34 requirements for new teachers is time consuming and nebulous, but it’s not that bad.