I didn’t take the Readiness test today either.  More TV with the wife.  Shouldn’t try to get anything accomplished on the weekends. It’s all good, there is always tomorrow.

But I have been thinking… About my major.  I am set to major in Information Technologies- Network Administration as of now.  Teresa, however, has stated that the odds of me getting a good job or rather decent pay in Des Moines even with a Degree and 8 certifications is pretty low.  So, I have been kicking around another idea.

OK, so anyone who knows me knows I want to be a doctor.  That’s never going to happen.  The biggest reason is that I have the shakes most of the time.  Not my bipolar.  Stupid lithium I took for 3 months totally messed me up.  Plus by the time I finished Med School I would be in my mid-late 50s, and doing residency at that age would kill me.

So comes dream #2.  Yeah, being a doctor would’ve been cool.  But what about being a teacher?  I think Mr. Campbell would be a great teacher.  The program at WGU is 5 years for a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8).  Yeah, I am not up for high school aged, but I think I would rock at 5th grade or so classroom.

I haven’t talked this out with Teresa.  She has agreed to let me go to school, but she isn’t happy about it.  And when I tried to talk to her about it, she said she didn’t want to get into it tonight.  So, I think it’s going to be ultimately up to me to decide.

Yes, I know that teachers make chump change for pay.  But the benefits at the Des Moines School district kinda rock.  And I would feel that I would be a productive member of society again.  And I can totally mess with young kids minds… no serious, help mold young kids into upstanding youths.

WGU works to help students set up their student teaching, they say within 2 hours or so drive from where the student is located.  I would guess for me it’d be more like 45 minutes or so, the drive into Des Moines.  I am sure there are teachers in Des Moines that would just love to have a student teacher for a few weeks.

Then when I graduate, I would have credentials to teach in Utah.   A couple tests later, I would have my license in Iowa.

I like this idea.  I don’t care about the money, really I don’t.  But I really need to talk to Teresa about it.  It would mean 5 years in school instead of 3 or 4.   More student loan debt.  But it would pretty much guarantee me a job anywhere she might want to move.  Everywhere needs teachers it seems.

So, It’s either a job which may or may not be BORING and pays 45k ish to start.  Or a teaching gig which I doubt is ever BORING (except grading papers would get BORING I think) which pays 36k ish (in Des Moines, starting).  I think not being bored would win out.

So I pose this question to my teacher and ex-teacher friends and family….  Do you think that Jeff Campbell would make a good teacher?








Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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