What I Want to do When I Grow Up

Mark Byron is hunting for a new teaching job. I wish him the best of luck. I’m confident that God has a place for him.

You know, for the past few weeks I’ve really been thinking hard about becoming a teacher. I never would have believed that I would want to do something like that, but I really do.

I think it largely stems from my desire to bring order from chaos. That’s why I originally liked being a programmer. You take a chaotic process, or a lack of data, or poorly organized data, and bring order to it all through some well written code. Similarly, you start with students who lack knowledge and understanding, and relatively incomprehensible material, and a teacher brings those together. Order from chaos.

As longs as I’ve already exposed myself as a liberal wacko in my last post, I might as well go on and share another reason too. Did you ever watch Boy Meets World? You know the teacher that they had every single year, counting college? He was more than a teacher, he was a mentor, a patriarchal figure. I remember some friends of mine who went to school in the next town over had a teacher like that. I think his name was Dr. Gray.

I want to be that figure in the lives of others. Our society doesn’t exactly create a plethora of worthy role models – particluarly male ones – for kids. I’d like to be one. Teaching would be a way to do that.

Unfortunately, public school teachers in Texas make about half of my current salary. Junior college professors make roughly 60-70% of my salary, and there are few openings around here (not to mention I’d need a Master’s degree). I’m not interested in a Ph.D. and teaching at a regular university, because I don’t want to bother with all the research and grants and projects and stuff that comes with that. I just want to teach, and mentor.

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. – Mark 4:19

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2 Responses to What I Want to do When I Grow Up

  1. Gator says:

    Try part-time teaching at a community college. An hour a night a few nights a week, or you can even get a class that is a couple of hours long on the weekends.

    Did that for a couple of semesters, and had an enjoyable time… Need to look into doing it again… The only downside is the sacrifice of family time.

  2. Robert says:

    I thought about that. But it only pays like $1500 to teach a 3-hour class for a semester. The gratification and pay isn’t enough, in my judgment, to offset the sacrifice of family time.

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