Majors & Careers

Jessie Shelley

Targeting that Teaching Degree

Lake Washington School District

After graduating from UWB with my teaching certificate I accepted a position at the Lake Washington School District to teach first grade.  In the spring of 2007 I began my M. Ed. at UWB.  I just graduated with my M. Ed. in spring of 2009.  Needless to say, I am excited!

Degrees are not the only requirements to become a good teacher.  I took several steps that helped me prepare.  Firstly, I worked for the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) as an Instructional Assistant during my freshman and sophomore years in college.  There I realized I wanted to be a teacher, and allowed me to form relationships within the school district.  As part of my Teacher Certification process I had a year-long internship with the LWSD.  This gave me the opportunity to further cultivate the relationships I'd started as an undergraduate.

After earning my teaching certificate, I stayed open to other possibilities by applying to five different districts, but I really wanted to work for Lake Washington.  LWSD offered me a position and a pre-school teacher.  Although it doesn't require a teaching certificate and was not what I was looking for, I took it to get my foot in the door.  A few days later I was contacted for a first grade teaching position in the LWSD and I accepted it.

My willingness to do anything helped me to get the teaching position in the school district I had targeted early on.

Jessie Shelley
M. Ed. '09