In celebration of Chinese New Year, I’m re-blogging this post from 2011.
Yesterday served as the first official day in my new career as a credentialed, mathematics teacher. My journey to yesterday started 888 days ago when I took the California Basic Educational Skills Test (“CBEST”) on March 6th, 2009, shortly before I chose to end my twenty-five year career in high-tech. Little did I know then how long the path could be.
The path between then and now twisted and turned, and rose and fell as I negotiated the multitude of hurdles those desiring to enter the teaching profession must overcome. With perseverance, support from family and friends, and a helping hand from above, I neared the end of the first stage of my journey with receipt of my preliminary single-subject teaching credential in secondary mathematics, as well as in physics (specialized).
When I began this trek, I naïvely thought I could start teaching in the fall of 2009 since I…
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