The Middle Grades Job Market: Perspectives & Strategies
Presenter: John Swaim, Katie Wolfe, Alexis Roberts
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4-5pm ET
Join AMLE, middle grades expert John Swaim, and CMLA Presidents Katelin Wolfe and Alexis Roberts as we explore the realities of the middle grades job market and what you can do to get a great teaching job! Get the tools you need with this webinar!
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John Swaim has been a lifelong advocate of middle level education. With initial aspirations of being a high school coach and a teacher, he made the jump from high school to middle school and never looked back. His first teaching position was at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School where, in 1972, the school added the concept of middle school to its K-12 structure. John then made a career move to the College of Education at the University of Northern Colorado where he created the middle school teacher education program, which was eventually recognized as one of the first middle school teacher education programs in the nation. He also helped develop the first middle school certification standards in Colorado. In1994 John became a professor of education at Otterbein College in Ohio where he was instrumental in developing the middle school teacher education program and helped establish middle childhood certification at the state level. He is a past president of National Middle School Association (now AMLE), a recipient of the John Lounsbury Award, a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a member of the AMLE Foundation Fund committee, and founder of the Collegiate Middle Level Association.
Katie Wolfe is from Marietta, Ohio and is currently a Middle Childhood Education major at Otterbein University. With the help of Summer Howarth
at AMLE2015 she was able to come up with her own principles to live by, and hopes that these help her become a better educator: Be your TRUE self; Be grateful for the Lollipop Moments
(Inspire and Be Inspired); and Strive to Accept, not just Tolerate. Katie also believes in a world where every child has a positive role model to turn to for help, and watching her sister be this for so many students growing up is what inspired Katie to go into Education. Aside from spending time with her chocolate lab, Autumn, she also loves to travel, crochet, read, and listen to many different types of music.
Alexis Roberts is a senior at Otterbein university finishing her Bachelors of Science in Education with concentrations in Math and Language Arts. Throughout her time at Otterbein she has developed a strong passion for professional development and continuous learning. Last summer, she travelled to Uganda for a month to work with young adolescent students and their teachers, and hopes to return soon! She recently completed her student teaching and is currently preparing for graduation, but in the meantime you are most likely to find her traveling or reading the latest young adult romance novel.