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TR Jennifer SimonIn the most recent edition of Teaching Today, TeacherReady® teacher Jennifer Simon (July 2010) reflects on her TeacherReady experience leading to professional teaching certification.

Thanks to the TeacherReady® team I have been afforded an international teaching career that has given me fantastic insight into other cultures and great partnerships with parents as we provide a bright future for their children.

My husband and I received an email one afternoon in 2009 from a family member asking us to take the plunge and teach overseas with him in Cairo, Egypt. My husband was a university instructor so the switch to high school students would be easy. I, on the other hand, was working on instructional design modules about how to utilize latent fuel energy for vehicle engineers. How would this work out for me? With Microsoft certifications in hand to teach IT classes, we decided to take a chance and sold all of our belongings on a chance at overseas adventure. 

While the school accepted my prior IT experience and technology certifications, it was imperative that I obtain a teaching license to continue teaching. After researching programs online, I discovered TeacherReady® and knew it was the perfect program for me to gain valuable education and ESL pedagogy and best-practice knowledge. Dr. Sarah Miller and her team are fantastic and were very supportive of my overseas circumstances (especially during our evacuation from the country during the January 2011 revolution – right in the middle of my practicum!).

I am currently enjoying my newest overseas adventure as a Technology Integration Specialist at the American International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In the past two years, I have been able to transform our current elementary technology program from standalone ICT sessions to integrated class sessions and have piloted Robotics and Coding programs. With my recent promotion to the Academic PreK-12 Technology Coordinator I hope to continue to upgrade the technology practices of all four of our campuses for both staff and students.

TeacherReady® is state approved online alternative certification program and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Those who can do teach and as in the case with Ms. Simon, TeacherReady® is one option that affords aspiring teachers a path to professional certification. The teaching profession benefits from experienced professionals choosing to teach. More importantly, students in K-12 benefit. We hope that you connect with Ms. Simon’s experience and that teaching becomes an “option” for you and other individuals who may have never considered it before.

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Many, many thanks to Ms. Jennifer Simon, Academic PreK-12 Technology Coordinator at the American International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for sharing her experience with readers of Teaching Today and What’s Right. We thank her for choosing to teach and broadening the academic experiences of children through technology integration.

TeacherReady® is state approved online alternative certification program and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady website or connect with them on Facebook for more information. Dr. Sarah Miller is director of TeacherReady®. Please contact her by email (sarah.miller@studereducation.com) or phone (850.432.7051) for more information about enrolling in TeacherReady®.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.