Q & A
As a teacher, you are the leader, manager, whatever you want to call yourself, in the business that is your classroom. If you misstep, there are 30 students that are affected—it’s not just you. It’s an amazing management responsibility that you carry with you wherever you go.
I learned how to be creative, self-sufficient, resourceful, and manage others. It helped me learn how to take an amorphous goal—such as educating students—and figure out all of the steps I need to take to accomplish that goal. It taught me to manage and teach across lines of difference and work with people with diverse backgrounds. I carry that with me in everything I do.
I couldn’t believe the richness of the resources that were available to me. Everything you need to become a great teacher, TFA can provide. You have to seek them out, but they are there. And there were people to support me all along the way. I had heard that I’d be left on my own to teach. Nothing could be further from the truth.