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?