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Interview with Kim

Any background information which you would like to share…

Kim, ACT! Graduate

Kim completed the act!
program.

I had worked as an engineer and also gained some experience as an adjunct instructor and substitute teacher so I confirmed that I wanted to become a teacher. The next step was to find the best way to earn my license. I found the act! Program while searching on the internet, set up a meeting and got started.

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

I love to teach. Teaching, for me, is very challenging and rewarding. Math is a subject that can be an effective vehicle to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving/decicion making, organization and communication which are more and more important in our increasingly technical world.

What is your current profession?

I am currently self-employed in the field of drafting and design. I am looking for a job in the teaching profession.

How are you feeling about your decision to change professions?

Really good. Making a change like this brings a degree of challenge and uncertainty but it feels great to be doing something that I am genuinely excited about.

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

The act! Program takes into consideration previous coursework and also skills and experiences that apply to the job of teaching. It is also flexible enough to allow each individual to plan and manage a challenging transition.

What has been the most challenging component of licensure?

Passing the Praxis II exam. I think it is a very good assessment of genuine understanding of the subject and is an excellent experience to take to the classroom.

If you recieved a Noyce Scholarship, how did that affect your path to licensure?

Student teaching is the other challenge to obtaining licensure. The Noyce stipend was a great help for the financial aspect of student teaching and allowed me to concentrate more on the learning opportunity, which is tremendous but time consuming.