My name is Kameco and I started teaching about 10 years ago. I am originally from Houston, Tx and received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation I started my career as a Space Flight Instructor for United Space Alliance working on site at the NASA Clear Lake campus. Although there were amazing parts of my job at NASA, I truly enjoyed the assignments where I had the chance to teach as a trainer. It wasn’t necessarily the material that excited me but rather the “aha” moments from the learner and their success as they moved forward to the next course. It was fulfilling for me and in my classes I felt like I wasn’t just working. I was imparting and impacting and even exciting the learner in the topic. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to do that as much as I would have liked because I spent a great deal of my time in meetings and reading technical material about doing instead of actually doing. I decided to look into other career choices and I started with teaching since I was passionate most when I was in teaching mode as a trainer. I discovered that I could become a substitute teacher as I completed my alternative teacher certification. The more that I experienced teaching as a substitute it was clear that this was where I needed to be.
Teaching chose me. Fast forward about 10 years..
I am currently a 6th grade math teacher and I LOVE engaging, inspiring, learning with and teaching the “tween” population. I love seeing and showing each student that they can learn as well as change their mindset when it comes to math (or school in general). After gaining my stride during my second year teaching, I was in heaven. I had learned to jump off of the book pages, try new things, make constant changes as needed and account for failures in ideas that help me to move forward. I was learning with the students and becoming the teacher that they needed me to be. Each year this strategy worked with students from the general, special needs, ELL and advanced populations. I was met with adversity because my administrators did not understand my methods or how they fit into the strict timeline from the scope and sequence. There was a constant concern about me taking more than the department planned one day for the concept or changing the textbook order of the material. Now that we are in the STAAR era it seems like each year there is a proposed change which causes a new “the sky is falling” set of decisions. Teaching chose me and I was madly in love with the opportunity to learn and help new generations of students to become as passionate as I am about learning new things (even if math wasn’t their favorite thing). My being in love with my job has been turned into just I loved my job which is becoming closer to I like my job. I’m becoming worried that if I continue where I am then I will do more harm than good especially if I start to hate my job.
The fun part was the “magic” that was created in my room which helped me to deal with the behavior (of students and the parents) along with excessive meetings, lack of support, lack of leadership and celebration of mediocre staff.
I’m at a crossroads with my job and I’ve been thinking about if I should break it off or try counseling. 🙂