About the Blog
I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in May 2008. After spending the following the summer applying for full-time teaching positions in the East Central Illinois area, and interviewing for about 2 dozen jobs, I found myself without any means of gainful employment beyond my part-time job with a custodial service. And so it was that in September 2008 I acquired an application to work as a substitute teacher in the Champaign Unit 4 school district. I began substituting in October, and did so until the end of July 2011. On August 2, 2011, I was hired to teach fourth grade at Wiley Elementary School in Urbana, Illinois.
Over the past couple of years, I have had some great experiences teaching, and I have had some down-right awful experiences. I could give examples here, but that would rather defeat the purpose of this blog! Suffice it to say that I have had students see me in the store three years after I taught them and still remember me, and I have had students throw wet balls of paper towels at me while throwing chairs across the room.
I toyed with the idea of blogging about my experiences for quite a while, and decided it was finally time to do so near the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year; after all, I love my job, and I wanted to be able to capture the moments before they fade.
After sharing my experiences during the final year of my substitute teaching career, I decided to continue to blog about my adventures as a fourth grade teacher. Not wanting to lose all of my old posts, I imported them to this site. However, I will keep Adventures in Substituting up for as long as WordPress will allow.
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