How many years have you been teaching?:
5 Years secondary, previously 5+ years as an adjunct professor (a.k.a. seasonal academic itinerant chimp)
Born and raised in Detroit, MI. I started my teaching career as a camp counselor in college, then briefly taught photography at a small private school outside of Detroit, MI. Then embarked on a career as a photojournalist, knowing that one day I would come back to teaching. Before moving to Northern CA, I lived in LA for 8 years, where I taught HS, Jr College and workshops in 19th Century Photographic Practices. Other occupations: Serial old house restorer (when I lived in Detroit, where houses cost 500.00), occasional bartender. Fluent in English, Spanish, and can say rude things in French.
We are degreed professionals, and some of us have even had other careers before becoming full time teachers. Why can't admin simply trust us to do PD on our own? I spent an hour last month with another visual arts teacher a neighboring school. This is a person that met at a photography conference last summer, a conference that I went to on my own time and dime. I got some useful ideas about what to do with my advanced class. The plethora of networking sites is great, but there is something greater about having the time and/or financial support to go to a conference and meet other people who teach what you teach, and hang out with them. I just got contacted by a fellow Photography instructor who teaches college photo classes, and I am getting paid by the University of Southern Nevada to teach their faculty member how to do some alternative photo processes! I already know that I am going to learn some cool things from him that I can use for my classes. His supervisors simply encouraged him to go out and find his own path of PD, and gave him the financial support to do it..Seems like a better model, yes?