Discussion on: What Are Your Career Goals?

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Dean Bassett

I want to become a high school teacher. During high school, I took several technology related classes, but the "teacher" never taught the class, it was always "read out of the book and take a quiz". There wasn't ever teaching from the teacher. I want to change that because I know there are other schools out there that have the same thing going on. The number of people who took high school classes, but don't understand basic programming concepts by college, is quite large. I really want to educate students.
Once I become a teacher, the first step I'd really like to take is teaching a discrete math class in High School, and make it prerequisite to any programming class. This makes sure that students have a logical mindset before getting into programming, making the material they learn in a programming class easier to understand.
I just finished my freshman year of college. I have a job with the university next year as a lab assistant, meaning I will already be sort-of accomplishing my goal of becoming a teacher! I've helped many of my friends understand some of the programming concepts that they need to know (Objects vs Classes, loops, etc) and I can't wait until next year, when I can teach many more people (and be paid to do it!)