JA Experience Inspires Volunteer to Become a Classroom Teacher

Sarah Moore, education manager for Junior Achievement of Arizona, shared a story she received from J.W. Gaberdiel, a local high schoolmathematics teacher. J.W. was inspired to pursue teaching after volunteering with Junior Achievement in the classroom. Here is J.W.'s testimonial:

"After managing a Borders bookstore for five years, I transitioned into managing a Sylvan Learning Center. At Sylvan, I was performing three roles: tutoring students, contacting teachers for insight into student struggles, and meeting with parents to discuss progress.

"At some point I realized that instead of playing middle-man between my students/parents and a third-party teacher, I might be more effective at helping students (and enjoy my work more) if I simply were the teacher! However, while I thought tutoring a handful of students at a time was simple, I didn't think I could handle managing a classroom full of 30 students, so I didn't seriously consider becoming a teacher until I heard about Junior Achievement.

"One of my friends kept pushing me to be a volunteer--an effort I resisted as long as possible! Ultimately, I agreed to volunteer to teach a seven-week program to a local high school. At first, the thought of teaching a classroom of students was overwhelmingly nerve-wrecking, but by the end of my program I realized that I could do it! I could teach and manage student behavior, simultaneously!

"Within months I had applied to various teaching posts and obtained a full-timeposition teaching mathematics at a charter high school. I am now in my sixth year of teaching high school, second year of teaching at a community college, and have also enjoyed two years of teaching nights at an online high school. Not only do I love my teaching career, and can't imagine doing anything else, I have even had the opportunity to create a JA Personal Finance course at my high school, a course that previously did not exist at this small charter school. Obviously I have also arranged to have Junior Achievement volunteers to come in to my classroom, and I even took my students to JA Finance Park. In more ways than one, I am deeply grateful to Junior Achievement for the many opportunities they have helped me find in my life."

Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio.

Donate Volunteer Request A Program

Any questions? Contact us!

We use cookies to provide you a personalized experience. How we do this is by analyzing user behavior on our site and sharing data with our advertising and analytics partners. You consent to our cookie policy if you continue to use this website.