Interview with Erich

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Interview with Erich

Erich, ACT! Graduate

Erich completed the act! program

Any background information which you would like to share…

I showed up at my construction job, and was told that, “There’s not enough work today. Go home.” So I went home frustrated, and got on the internet to explore optional career paths. That’s when I stumbled upon the act! program.

Why did you choose to change your career to secondary teaching in math or science?

It is a regular point of conversation on the work site that, “You know, you can’t do this forever...” People get injured, or their bodies get worn out. Earlier in my career, I had a long history of youth-work, and I missed it. And I missed academics.

Why did you choose the act!program?

The act! program was perfect for me. It was local. It was there when I needed it, and the staff were super supportive. 

What is your current profession?

I’m not teaching yet...I’m looking for a job in an Alternative setting in the Madison area.

How are you feeling about your decision to change professions?

Awesome! Bordering on ecstatic. 

What is the best part of the act! program and the alternative pathway to licensure?

The staff. The support they offer. The amazing opportunity act! offers to working adults, like myself, to get into a career that contributes so directly to the social fabric of our communities. 

What has been the most challenging component of licensure?

Student Teaching was an amazing challenge in itself. The additional economic strains imposed by Student Teaching were almost overwhelming.

If you recieved a Noyce Scholarship, how did that affect your path to licensure?

I could not have done it without a NOYCE scholarship. I attempted to Student Teach once before I received the Noyce scholarship. I was not willing to let my home go into foreclosure, so I worked nights and student taught during the day. I lasted six weeks before I couldn’t take it any more. The Noyce scholarship allowed me to keep a family off the streets while I student taught.

Any other comments?

To anyone who qualifies for this program, who wants or needs to find a rewarding career path, this program is a great option.

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