Reaching Past Teaching By: Megan RUmmel

When thinking about lifelong careers, people ponder about what they picture themselves doing happily for the rest of their lives. At a young age, children want to become an actor, painter, or even a princess. As we grow up, our plans from our childhood might change.

Current teachers at James Buchanan had other thoughts in mind besides being a teacher. When looking for jobs, some teachers got certain jobs that would earn them a college credit. Others found jobs that they were interested in and later had the criteria needed to become a teacher.

Now that they are teachers, when asked the question, If you could go back in time, would you go straight to becoming a teacher and forget about your past occupation?, they all answered the same way. No. The experiences that teachers endured at their past occupations helped to formulate and decide their career option of becoming a teacher.

What was one crazy, weird, or enjoyable job that you had before teaching?

“I was operating nuclear reactors on a Submarine for the United States Navy. I had to follow the expectations of the government for nuclear power and submarine safety.” - Mr. Robert Harvey (Faculty)

“I worked at Yosemite National Park Service in California as an Interpretive Ranger. I took people on walks through the giant sequoias, had to do a campfire program once a week, and had to work a day in the visitors center.” - Mr. Diron Swailes (Faculty)

“I was a mail clerk, and I had to sort the mail for the college and pick up packages and be a mini UPS.” - Ms. Nicole Myers (Faculty)

“I worked in a Building Supply Company, and I would help stock and sell lumber, nails, and hardware.” - Mr. James Novak (Faculty)

“I worked at a museum for the actor Jimmy Stewart in Indiana, Pennsylvania. I worked at the ticket booth and helped customers start their tour, told them a little bit about the museum, and I would play movies for them." - Ms. Jena Antonelli (Faculty)

“I was a lab technician at Integrated Labs Systems in North Carolina. I worked in Genetic Toxicology. I grew cells in petri dishes and added chemicals to see how that would change chromosomes or DNA.” - Mrs. Rebecca Miller (Faculty)


Megan Rummel

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