Early on I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and the ECFS major gave me a great opportunity to be out in the classroom for two years. Upon graduation, I moved to St. Louis where I landed my first preschool teaching position at Youth In Need Head Start located in South St. Louis. My class consisted of 16 3- to 5-year olds and was largely Hispanic, so I was able to pick up on a little Spanish and loved working with the families and children there.
After completing almost a year there, I relocated to Kansas City, Mo. so my husband could attend school. Through the Missouri Head Start Association I was able to land my second teaching position at Plaza de Niños located in the state-of-the-art Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development. I am just beginning my first year there and will be working with 3- and early 4-year olds.
Tips for current students?
If you are looking for a teaching position with Head Start, locate the main office in the state you are living in and I'm sure they would be happy to pass on your resume to centers and directors, which can easily turn into a job.
Go to the center/school before you accept any job! I can't stress enough how important it is to see the environment and staff interacting with the kids to make sure it is a good fit for you. If for any reason you don't feel comfortable, then you probably want to continue looking. In order to be happy you need to work in a happy environment.