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Secondary Mathematics Teacher

Job Title and Job Description

Secondary Mathematics Teacher

I teach a variety of mathematical subjects and levels from grade 9 - 12. I like the interactions with students, and the oppoutunity to do math all day!

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Teaching (other subjects or levels) Accounting Actuary Tutoring

What new technology will be important?

The calculator is always evolving, and has more applications every time I plan a new lesson. Also Smart Boards are an amazing piece of technology that continues to improve.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

Bacherlor of Arts (Mathematics) Professional License in Secondary Mathematics Master of Education (Mathematics) Post Graduate Courses (Mathematics and Education) 30 Credits

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

Obtaining a license to teach in the state of Massachusetts has a variety of possible routes. The easiest way is to enter college with a subject matter in mind as your major, and take the required (about 5) courses to obtain the initial license. Once you have taught for 5 years and earn a master‘s degree you will have your professional license and will then need to keep up with professional development. With a previously earned bachelor‘s degree you can take the state test and teach on a preliminary license until you fulfill the state requirements for teaching long term.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

No - I always knew that I wanted to do something with mathematics, but I thought I was going to be a civil engineer or an architect. I never thought I would be a teacher!

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Athletic / Physical 1-Not Important 
Bilingual 1-Not Important  
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Investigative / Fact Finding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
leadership and Supervising 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Math 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Mechanical Understanding 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Sales and Negotiation 1-Not Important 
Scientific and Experimental 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Teaching / Instructing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 1-Not Important 
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
 

Interview By: Kristi Cigal - Secondary Mathematics Teacher