Kaitlyn Mahan '11

Immediately after graduating from TPP I worked as a substitute teacher at the Bayonne Board of Education. That fall I started work as a Biology Teacher in North Bergen with Hudson County Schools of Technology. I taught there from September 2011-June 2013 before resigning so I could move to North Carolina since my husband received orders to be stationed at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne Division. When his unit deployed I returned to New Jersey and taught Chemistry as a permanent substitute. Upon my return to North Carolina, I began substitute teaching in the Cumberland County School District and then landed a position teaching Middle School Science. I also began a job as an independent contract for Professional Tutors of America which matches me with children of fallen soldiers who need academic support. After nearly two years of teaching middle school, I left teaching to stay home with my newborn son. I currently teach ESL classes from home online with VIPKid and continue to tutor. I am also pursuing an MBA at this time to develop my leadership skills and gain understanding about business.

I am so grateful that Teacher Prep paired me with Dr. Katherine Heavers as my host teacher. I learned so many incredible classroom management skills from her and learned how to build student-teacher relationships to establish a foundation for each year I've taught. We continue to keep in touch and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have learned from Kate and for the friendship we now have.

I teach English as a Second Language classes online from home through VIPKid. I work with students ages 4-12 who live in various parts of China.  I get such joy from seeing my students succeed and mastering new skills. I've learned that all that time we spent discussing differentiation in TPP was time well spent. Differentiating material can be one of the most challenging and yet one of the most rewarding parts of teaching. Identifying what works well for a student and then seeing them do well because of it is incredible!  The relationships I build with students motivate me to teach. I get excited about helping them overcome their challenges and am passionate about teaching because of the profound difference just one person can make in the life of a child. Teaching isn't just about the curriculum. It's about understanding students on a personal level and helping them tackle any obstacles that are standing between them and academic success. You can't always succeed in this for every student, but when you do it is very rewarding.

Over the past year and a half I have served as the Family Readiness Group Leader for my husband's Army Company. My main responsibility is providing information and support to the families of any soldiers in his unit.  Aside from teaching I am embracing motherhood by spending my time at home with my 9-month-old son and pursuing an MBA program at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.