Passing this exam, and resultingly, receiving my state teaching certificate opens so many doors for me, but most importantly, the door I WANT to open and walk through: a posting at an International School. This school will be...somewhere abroad! Not that I'm leaving anytime soon; I plan to remain at Integrity for another school year--at minimum. I love it there too much; not only is it a perfect fit for me, I am a perfect fit for the school!
What's interesting is that these certifications are truly null when it comes to teaching ability, teaching talent, and determination of whether or not I am a "good teacher". These kind of exams (or any standardized test they use in school these days and of days past) only indicate that I excel at memorization and regurgitation. The could have looked at all my grades from all the education institutions I attended to determine my talent at that. And the fact that I have successfully taken and passed numerous national certification board examinations, such as the GRE, MCAT, and Series 7 (harder than LSAT or anything out there!)
What has made me a great teacher is my desire to be one, my experience teaching in schools the past few years, as well as my experience teaching diving and yoga. The cardinal factor is my own desire to learn and share knowledge in a kind and compassionate manner.
That said, time to go. Coffee drank. Smoothie Guzzled. Positive attitude and confidence saddled for the short journey.
I will pass all four of these exams today! I will do it!