A Year Gone By: Surviving Grad School

By | 2017-04-04T05:48:08+00:00 January 23rd, 2011|Career Change|

Now that I have gotten over the initial hurdles, school is getting easier. Happy 2011! I can’t believe my last post was so long ago but time just seems to fly by faster these days. I’ve gotten a number of requests over the past year asking what I’m up to so finally here I am. Currently

Time Well Spent

By | 2017-04-04T05:53:49+00:00 January 13th, 2010|Career Change|

It’s been four weeks since I began my school break, and I’ve been making the most of the opportunity to live like I did before becoming a student again! It’s been four weeks since I began my school break, and I’ve been making the most of my time off. How nice to have weekends with

What’s It Like Going Back to School After 20 Years?

By | 2017-04-04T05:54:12+00:00 September 24th, 2009|Career Change|

It’s been three weeks since I started school and my master’s in fine art education. My homework skills are rusty, but I'm really appreciating my teacher. It’s been three weeks since I started school and my master’s in fine-art education. My Foundation of Graduate Study in Art Education class has met three times so far

Back to School

By | 2017-04-04T05:54:25+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Career Change|

As my daughter enters first grade, I too will be returning to school, for the first time in 20 years, to study for a master’s in fine arts education. The summer has flown by, and school is starting in a week for both my daughter and myself. Sophia will be entering the first grade. I

The Teachers’ Lounge

By | 2017-04-04T05:54:37+00:00 July 20th, 2009|Career Change|

You can learn a lot about becoming a teacher gabbing with the other teachers on break. One great thing about substitute teaching is that you get to eat lunch in the teachers’ lounge. Besides the local gossip, there’s a wealth of information one can learn from the staff teachers, student teachers, aides and other substitutes.

Substitute Teaching: Learning on the Job

By | 2017-04-04T05:54:49+00:00 June 25th, 2009|Career Change|

Subs are underpaid and unappreciated, but the experience gained can be valuable for a teacher-to-be. I substitute taught this past spring. It’s been a real learning experience for me. I got to witness a number of other substitutes and I have come to notice a few types of people doing this line of work. The

Getting Certified to Teach in Public School

By | 2017-04-11T14:25:45+00:00 May 26th, 2009|Career Change|

Most states offer an “alternate route” to teacher certification. A key step to getting certified to teach in public school is passing the Praxis exam. For people like me who wish to become teachers in public schools but don’t have an education degree, there are programs called “alternate route.” The official definition on the New

Becoming an Art Teacher

By | 2017-05-19T07:26:58+00:00 April 8th, 2009|Career Change|

When her daughter enrolled in kindergarten, former art director turned stay-at-home mom Gina Plaitakis bumped into a new calling. I had my daughter at age 37 and decided to stay home with her for the first couple years. After all, I had waited a long time to become a mother; I wanted to savor it.