Different jobs teachers had before teaching

On an extremely busy and hot summer day, Ms. Kelsey Emery, a college student, is frantically dashing back and forth between tables at Catch 22, an American-styled restaurant. As a waitress, her job is to greet customers, take orders, bring food and drinks to the tables and take payment.

“I was a waitress for three summers in between college at Catch 22 up in Merrillville. It was like a sports bar that served basic American food and had lots of TVs. I remember one time, it was around 10 o’clock at night and I was getting ready to leave but a group came in. Someone ordered chicken and waffles, but I did not know how it was supposed to be and they were very particular. So I went, got their order, and came back out. It was wrong, so I had to take it back. When I got it wrong again, the woman just started yelling at me. Afterwards, I started crying,” Ms. Kelsey Emery said.

Before graduating college and beginning their teaching careers, teachers held down different jobs so they could support themselves until they found a place to finally teach. Some teachers had unique jobs.

“In college, I was in a class with another student who was blind. So, I got asked to tape record our notes and anything that we had to read for class for her. So I was like her audio book, which I thought was like the oddest thing ever because I was basically being paid to take my regular notes and to save them into a tape recorder,” Mrs. Julia Reynolds media specialist said.

Others battled on the roads, quite literally.

“I worked for the Shelby County Highway Department, so I was a road crew guy.  In fact, Mr. Bass was actually a guy I worked with. We had to do all kinds of crazy stuff like paving roads, filling in potholes, laying rock into areas that had been washed away from water, and other stuff like that. One of the worst things I had to do was be in what they called the “brush crew”. We had to clear out an area of road that was overgrown out in the middle of nowhere, and there was poison ivy everywhere. I had poison ivy on my eyelids, my nose, my mouth, and everywhere else that was exposed from head-to-toe. I ended up having to get shots and all other types of treatment to get rid of it,” Mr. Jason Gorrell, social studies teacher, said.

Even if someone has a job that really is not something they completely enjoy, they can usually find a few things to like about it.

“The job was not all bad because I enjoyed interacting with other people, since I am such a people-person. I feel like that is how I learned how to converse with people really well because you have to go up to a table and talk to complete strangers and convince them to buy stuff,” Ms. Emery said.

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