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Five Tips for Teachers to Maximize Summer Vacation

It’s no secret that the school year is jam-packed for teachers. Not only are they in the classroom all day; but many volunteer at sporting events and extra-curricular activities, and then there’s the endless stream of grading, assessment, and lesson planning. As the school year winds down once more, teachers may be looking forward to the break that summer provides. Many people outside of education view teachers as having nearly three months off the job. However, if you’re in the profession, you...
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Tips for New Teachers

As a first-year teacher, you finally get to put your passion and practice into place. You’ll experience the incredible joys of teaching, but undoubtedly, you’ll put a lot of pressure on yourself to make that first year great. Teaching is a hard job. In addition to teaching your classes there are new policies to learn, meetings to attend, and professional development to consider. The first year as a certified teacher can be intimidating, but there are some steps you can take to make it less...
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Teacher Certification: An Affordable Solution

If you’re on a pathway to become a teacher, you know that certification requires that you accumulate student teaching and clinical hours. You work in a classroom for a full year, typically through an unpaid internship. This can be a hardship, especially for adult students who are returning to school to fulfill their dream of teaching, but must juggle family and financial responsibilities. For some people, this situation is the most difficult wall to climb in getting certification. Our Program—A...
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5 Meaningful Ways to Thank a Teacher

When you look back over your life, you can probably think of several teachers who shaped your experience and helped you grow into the person you are today. From the teacher who helped you understand a difficult concept, to the teacher who made learning fun, to the teacher that went out of their way to help you, there are so many reasons to thank a teacher this Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanking a teacher doesn't have to involve an expensive gift. Sometimes, it's the little things that make...
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Find out how to become a teacher in NH at an Info Session this Spring!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." This Nelson Mandela quote is widely shared by teachers, often as a poster in their classroom or a quote they share personally on Facebook. When you think about this passage and the impact that you can have by choosing a career as an educator, it's inspiring. It's no wonder that we see so many GSC students drawn to this profession and it's consistently one of our top areas of study! There are many students who have...
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How to become a teacher in NH - Find out at an Info Session this Fall!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." This Nelson Mandela quote is widely shared by teachers, often as a poster in their classroom or a quote they share personally on Facebook. When you think about this passage and the impact that you can have by choosing a career as an educator, it's inspiring. It's no wonder that we see so many GSC students drawn to this profession and it's consistently one of our top areas of study! There are many students who have...
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Paula gets her Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Paula Schoonmaker reached many milestones before attending Granite State College: receiving a bachelor’s degree, getting married, and raising her children. As an undergraduate, Paula studied Biology and Chemistry. She always regretted not getting her teaching certification. But like many working adults, she found her calling through hands-on career experience and identifying the things that interested her most about her job. For Paula, it was the teaching aspect of her work in science labs. I...
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Granite State Helps Kayt Pursue Her Dream of Becoming a Teacher

In our student community, there are some inspirational students with ambitious goals. Kayt, an aspiring teacher, is one of these individuals. Forced to drop out of high school due to a serious illness, Kayt completed high school independently and began college as an adult student. By the time I was ready to start my degree, I was already in my 20s and it took me a long time to gain the confidence to start college.   I looked at most of the options in New Hampshire. When I saw Granite State...
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Alumni Update: Heather becomes a teacher

We recently had the opportunity to get an update from Heather, a bright and inspiring recent alumna! Please enjoy this guest blog directly from Heather and learn more about what she has been doing since finishing her degree. Heather's starts her journey Carpenter Elementary School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is a place I know well. As a young mom who was new to the area, I first visited Carpenter Elementary 17 years ago while holding the sweaty palm of my nervous five-year-old son, Everett. I...
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Interested in becoming a teacher? Learn how one graduate is making a difference in Coos county

Have you ever asked a teacher why they chose a career in education? In their explanation, they’re sure to exude passion for their work. Even if you know that teaching isn’t for you, hearing a teacher’s answer will often have you feeling inspired. Teach.org did a great job at bottling this energy when they put together a blog of their top "7 Reasons Why Becoming a Teacher is Awesome:" Be a leader kids can look up to Give kids the skills they need to compete in a challenging global market Create...
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