These are the words of Ms. Lillian Pfluke one of our TeacherReady® teachers. Is it you?
“I had 30 years of experience working with young people, but had never been a classroom teacher.”Ms. Pfluke is one of more than 900 TeacherReady® alumni teaching in 49 different states and 71 countries. As a second career teacher, Ms. Pfluke started as a middle school mathematics teacher, and has since branched out to high school physics and physical education. When asked about her journey to becoming an educator, Ms. Pfluke responded, “I absolutely love my job, my school, and the kids I have the privilege to teach at the American School of Paris.” I’ve heard it said many times, “To be an educator is a special calling.” I believe this is true for great teachers and great leaders who choose to work in K12 education. They are the ones who work tirelessly to help students learn, grow, and achieve, the ones who make sure parents are satisfied with their children’s learning experience, the ones who never give up. After 30 years of working with young people, Ms. Pfluke answered the call to become a great teacher in the classroom. The teaching profession benefits from experienced professionals choosing to teach. More importantly, students benefit. We hope that you connect with Ms. Pfluke’s experience and that teaching becomes a career option for you and other individuals who may have never considered it before. _________________ Many, many thanks to Ms. Lillian Pfluke for sharing her experience with readers of Teaching Today and What’s Right. We thank her for choosing to teach and broadening the academic experiences of her students. TeacherReady® is state approved online alternative certification program and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady website or connect with them on Facebook for more information. Ms. Michelle Keller is the program associate at TeacherReady® and assists individuals with questions about the program and application process. Please contact her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (850.432.7051) for more information about enrolling in TeacherReady®. Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Filed under: Our Partners, Who's Engaged? Tagged: Alternative Certification, Alternative Certification Program, Alternative teacher certification, online alternative certification, TeacherReady