High School Business Teacher and a DIII College Tennis Coach
Smithfield, Rhode Island
I work as a high school teacher at a comprehensive public high school. As a teacher, I get to instruct students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. I teach business law, sports marketing, and sports management at my school. My colleagues teach accounting, economics, financial planning and other business subjects.
I majored in finance as a undergrad at URI and worked as a financial analyst for a few years before entering an MAT program at JWU in Providence. Since my BS was in business, my certification to teach was in business education. As a coach, I began my career as a boy's and girl's high school coach and moved on to the college level when positions opened up near where I teach. I took the JWU job with the men's team in the fall of 2002 and the RIC coaching position with the women's team in the fall of 2012. There was no official certification needed for coaching, however, success at the high school or college level was definitely valued and necessary for the positions.
I wake up at 530 in the morning and commute to the high school where I work. I arrive at 630am and begin preparing for my day by reading news articles, copying notes or quizzes, or by organizing my lessons for the day. I teach until 2pm and then, during my tennis seasons, I go to practice and finish that part of my day around 430pm. Match days go a bit longer...sometimes my day ends around 9-10pm and I go home. I have a lot of long and rewarding days.
Time management is the greatest challenge for me as a teacher and coach.
When I teach, I love working and collaborating with colleagues and students to implement lessons that are relevant and engaging. As a coach, I enjoy helping athletes reach their potential on the court and off as well.
I don't know too many myths about my job as a teacher or coach...maybe that we get burnt out after a while. However, after 17 years of teaching and over 20 years of coaching, I have yet to reach that point yet. It all feels new to me...even now.
At school, I have a dress code. Business casual is the norm and I typically wear polo shirts and khakis or a dress shirt and pants. As a coach, I wear branded team athletic apparel for practices and matches.
For both positions, you have to love working with people and engaging with others. I am an extrovert and enjoy being around students, other teachers, my team, parents, and community members. It's a lot of emotional work, so you have to enjoy connecting with the people around you as well.
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