“I love the opportunity I have to make such a huge impact on the world.”

Andrew Austin, 2014 Biology/Education

The reassurance that you chose the best career possible for yourself is an incomparable feeling.

Just a few weeks ago, I finished my first week of being a high school science teacher. I will never forget that Friday afternoon. My last period had just finished packing up and leaving for the weekend. I remember sitting at my desk and looking at the disaster zone my classroom had quickly developed into after just one week. I was exhausted and I was overwhelmed. But in that moment I felt one of the best feelings in the world. I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, I LOVE my job!” Becoming a teacher was the best decision I have ever made—literally.

It wasn’t until my freshman orientation at UCI that I had even thought about teaching as a career. At the orientation they very briefly mentioned CalTeach, and the introductory course, PS 5/Bio Sci 14. I decided at that moment to enroll in it. Over the next few years in the program, I fell in love with teaching.

After graduating with my B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and my teaching credential, I applied to countless teaching positions. Many interviews later, I was blessed to be offered a job at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana.  Currently at Saddleback, I teach Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology. I love it! I love my coworkers, I love my students, and I love the opportunity I have to make such a huge impact on the world. As exhausting as teaching is, it is so much fun!

The bonds you form with students, the pride you get each day knowing you’ve successfully taught them something new about the world, and the satisfaction that comes with being a positive influence to over 150 teenagers each year is truly incomparable.

Thank you CalTeach!

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