Many educators find that even after they are finished working in the classroom that their love of teaching carries on to their next step. Often former teachers help others navigate the intricacies of our education system through tutoring or college applications assistance. Jolyn Brand talks about her career in education consulting.
What does your current job entail?
“I taught middle and high school English and reading for several years. After earning my master’s degree and a promotion into school program management, I found that I missed the daily interactions with students, so I formed my own educational consulting business, Brand College Consulting. I’m very blessed to be able to incorporate my business background, educational experience, and desire to help people into one job, which I love!”
What is your favorite part of your daily duties?
“As a teacher, my favorite part was seeing the look of achievement on a student’s face after they learned something, or realized that they scored better on a test in a subject that was difficult for them. Now, my favorite part is seeing their faces after an important college acceptance.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“Teachers are usually required to participate in continuing education and professional development training on school staff days, summer breaks, and on their own time. In Texas, we are required to document 150 hours over five years to renew our teaching certificate. Most teachers exceed that minimum requirement very quickly. I maintained 50-70 hours of continuing education credit each year.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“People who might want to teach should definitely speak to current teachers in their preferred subject areas to get a real sense of the profession. Because we grew up around teachers, we assume we understand their jobs, but often times students don’t understand what teachers do before and after class, in meetings and in training programs. I also suggest future teachers to volunteer in classrooms or ask to job-shadow a teacher to watch and learn from real experience.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.