For the last five years, Kirsten Britt has taught at Norwalk Middle School –– a career move she did not anticipate.
"My undergraduate degree is actually in business and I worked in that arena for several years prior to making the switch to teaching," Britt told the Norwalk Times. "While working in business I discovered that I really wanted to work with kids and that is how I found my way to the teaching field."
Britt quickly decided to throw herself into becoming the most qualified teacher she could be. She currently teaches middle school English, but she also earned certifications in middle school math, 5-12 business education and K-12 talented and gifted.
"In the classroom, I think I 'specialize' in making class engaging and a little bit fun," Britt said. "I value student relationships and work really hard to establish and maintain a good rapport with my students. This is my fifth year of teaching full time. Prior to that, I substitute taught for about three years while I was completing my master's degree at Drake [University]."
Upon finishing graduate school, Britt thought she would be a high school business education teacher. But after spending some time with high school students, she realized it wasn't the best fit for her skills.
"I started subbing for middle school teachers and I discovered that I love working in the mid-level [sixth through eighth grades]," Britt said.
Though she is still trying to find the balance between work and home life, Britt does her best to make time and space for self care, so she can continue to give her all to the job she loves.