At Cross Country Education we have the best of the best from across the nation impacting the lives of students in the schools they serve every day. We take great pride in their shared passion for education, and we love passing along their words of wisdom, sage advice for those embarking on their careers, and great insight into the rewarding field of education.
This week, we celebrate substitute teacher Laura Calderoni. Laura took some time to explain what has motivated her to become a substitute teacher and to offer advice for those just starting out.
Why did you become a substitute teacher?
After earning my multiple subject teaching credential, I wanted to gain some classroom experience. Substitute teaching offered me the opportunity to develop my skills. I have enjoyed the flexibility of being immersed in various classroom environments, including a multitude of grade levels from kindergarten through 12th. I appreciate reaching out to students who may find school challenging for various reasons. With each encounter, I try to connect with students to help them feel empowered and supported so they can believe in their own inner “superpowers.” Doing so helps me know I’m making a difference.
What have you liked about your experience working at schools with Cross Country Education?
Working at schools with Cross Country Education has given me accessibility to a variety of supportive school environments, with staff members who are eager to facilitate and promote the learning processes of their students. It has been a rewarding and exciting experience to collaborate with such great teams since it allows me to bring forth my best every day so that I may utilize my skillsets and continue developing them.
What kind of advice would you give to those starting out in your field?
My advice to those starting out would be to have an open mind and be flexible. Every day is a new day filled with unknown adventures and opportunities not only to grow within our chosen professions, but as people. We get to practice dignity by promoting our best efforts, leadership by guiding students, and collaboration by working on a team with teachers, principals and other staff members. We learn the meaning of true integrity by doing not only what is expected of us, but also by adding that extra personal element that only each individual can bring to the table. We all have unique, personal gifts that contribute to the growth of students and those we encounter, so let’s embrace that and shine every day with what we bring.
Thank you, Laura, for all you do! We are grateful to have you as a part of the Cross Country Education team!
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