Name: Bryan Goehring
Title: Science Teacher
What is it that you do on a day to day basis?
-I have established routines
-I try to have some humorous joke or cartoon everyday, helps me and the kids
-I try to have a some type demonstration
-We have a short discussion of a new concept
-We conduct a lab or cooperative activity
What are your favorite parts of your job?
The challenge of engaging students on a daily basis and building relationships with kids – Just thinking about ways to get students excited about learning and it motivates me to find new an innovative ways of engaging kids.
How did you get into this field? Was it something you always wanted to do or something you discovered bit by bit?
I got into the field because I enjoyed working with children and helping those who were less fortunate. At first I wanted to be a medical doctor but my funds ran low so I thought that I could make a similar impact by getting children excited about science. I guess it was something I always wanted to do.
What aspect of your work most surprised you? (Either in a good way or a bad way.)
I think the thing that surprised me the most was the amazing appreciation students and parents show if you are dedicated to your job and you work hard to help each individual students. Parents notice when you go above and beyond and students appreciate additional support.
Does your education (high school, college or graduate degree) matter in terms of the work that you do today?
The content was important – learning about science – but the “teaching methodology” course were not of great benefit. I learned more by watching other teachers in action, student teaching, and reading material on my own, and just trying new things.
What environmental factors have the greatest impact on your job satisfaction? (For example: co-workers, compensation, company culture, flexibility, work/life balance, etc.)
I think the best things are a collaborative, hard working staff, and flexibility to allow me to try things and be creative. I also enjoy a culture that provides opportunities and for staff to explore and develop leadership.
Any career advice you’d like to pass along to others? (My audience is comprised mainly of adults in their twenties and thirties.)
1. Never Give Up!
2. Be dedicated, work hard! Effort matters.
3. Be positive, think positive.
4. Believe in yourself and your students.
5. Your words and actions mean something and impact people.