Meet the Community Coaches

Abi Case

Abi Case

Title/Position
Employer Outreach Specialist, Employer Engagement
(Career Coach)
sauvik goswami

Sauvik Goswami

Title/Position
Associate Director, Assessment & Analytics
(Career Coach)
  • Do you consider yourself to be helpful, patient, or understanding? 
  • Do you enjoy engaging kids in fun and innovative ways?
  • Does it sound like fun to explain ideas and concepts to a classroom of learners? 
  • Would you enjoy building connections with kids while teaching them in ways to support their understanding and comprehension?
  • Are you interested in learning about best methods to reach students and creating lessons to help them figure it out? 

This page will give resources for people interested in Elementary Education & Secondary Education. If you are someone who is interested in being a teacher for K-12 students, you have found the right page.

K-12 Search Terms:

  • Elementary/Middle/or Secondary Teacher
  • Career and Technical Educator
  • English as Second Language Teacher
  • Special Education
  • Subject Area Teacher
  • Curriculum Supervision
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher Aide/Assistant

Higher Education Search Terms Related to Education Backgrounds:

  • Academic Services
  • Administrative Services
  • Admissions Recruiter
  • Program Coordinator
  • Student Services

​​​​​​​Training and Development Search Terms:

  • Instructional Services Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator
  • Learning and Development
  • Recruiter
  • Leadership and Engagement

During Your Practicum

  • Build positive relationships with the people you will use as references and ask them for letters of recommendation. Remember to continue to talk with your contacts even after your experience has ended. A guideline for establishing and maintaining relationships with references can be found here.
  • Ask the principal at your cooperating school to observe you teach or to do a mock interview with you.
  • Attend the education job fair in the spring.
    • Note: Try to go both your junior and senior year. This way, you can introduce yourself to potential districts your junior year and meet with them again your senior year when you are searching for a job. This will give you an advantage over other candidates.
  • It is strongly encouraged that you meet with the Education Advisor at the Pomerantz Career Center by the middle of your practicum experience.
    • Note: The Pomerantz Career Center can help you with your résumé and finding relevant volunteer opportunities.
  • By the end of your practicum experience you should have a full working teaching résumé (a guide can be found here). The only part missing will be your student teaching experience, which you will add in once you have begun student teaching.

Before Student Teaching

  • Create a REAP account and/or Iowa Works account 
  • Write the first draft of a cover letter for a teaching position (a guide can be found here) and take it into the Pomerantz Career Center to have it reviewed.
  • Start looking for an appropriate and professional interview outfit.

During Student Teaching

  • Update your résumé with relevant information from your Student Teaching experience.
  • Ask the principal at your cooperating school to observe you teach and/or do a mock interview with you.
  • Secure letters of recommendation and maintain contact with your references.
  • Attend the education job fair in the spring.
  • Participate in mock interviews (offered during the fall and spring semesters) at the Pomerantz Career Center.

 Check out student employment, internships & post-graduation full-time jobs in Handshake.  Employers targeting University of Iowa students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!

State of Iowa

Iowa Teaching Licensure Information
Iowa Works

National

Out-of-State Teaching Licensure Information
State-by-State Information List 
US REAP
k12jobspot

International

UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair
Teaching Abroad Opportunities​​​​​​​

Mock Interviews
Interview Preparation
  • Interview Preparation Guide
  • Potential Education Interview Questions:
    • Getting to Know You
      • Why did you decide to become a teacher?
      • Why are you the best/most qualified applicant for this position?
      • Describe a personal experience which had an impact on your teaching.
      • What is your favorite aspect of teaching?
      • What are your interests outside of teaching?
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?
      • List 3 adjectives that describe you professionally.
      • Why are you interested in our district?
      • Briefly describe your personal teaching philosophy.
    • Interpersonal Skills
      • How would you plan to facilitate collaboration between home and school?
      • Can you describe how you have or how you would communicate with students’ parents?
      • If confronted by an angry parent (or perhaps colleague) on an issue, how would you respond?
      • How important is it for you to be well liked by your students?
      • How would you respond to a student who asked for your advice on a difficult personal situation?
      • What kinds of things do you do to get to know students on a personal level?
      • How would you address bullying in school?
    • Instruction
      • Describe a typical class period.
      • What instructional strategies have you found most effective?
      • What are the components of an effective lesson plan?
      • What research-based teaching methods have you used?
      • What specific strategies would you use to help students who are struggling with reading?
      • Explain what differentiation looks like in your classroom. Give a specific example of a time when you have modified your instruction to accommodate the unique needs of a particular student.
      • How do you incorporate state and national standards into your curriculum?
      • What do you do to actively engage your students?
      • How would you motivate a reluctant learner?
      • What would you do with students who continually fail to complete their homework?
      • Describe a specific skill or concept that students typically struggle with in your classroom. How do you overcome that challenge?
      • How do you integrate technology in your classroom?
      • What kinds of multicultural activities promote diversity in your classroom?]
      • Describe your most successful unit and what made it successful.
      • How do you communicate your learning objectives to the students?
      • How do you make real-world connections in the subject area you are teaching?
      • How do you transition from one activity to the next?
      • How do you measure student success?
      • How do you know whether your curriculum is appropriately matched to your students’ needs?
    • Classroom Management and Environment
      • What type of classroom management plan would you implement?
      • How would you set up and communicate your rules and expectations to your students?
      • How do you handle students who are difficult to manage?
      • Describe the toughest discipline situation you have encountered and how you handled it.
      • If you were having classroom management difficulties, when and who would you ask for help?
      • Success in school is proven to be influenced by a child’s physical, social, and educational environment. Describe that environment in your classroom – how are these factors at play?
      • Describe the layout and environment of your classroom?
      • How do you build a community with your students?
      • What does a productive and collaborative classroom community look like?
    • Personal/Reflection
      • Describe the qualities of a highly effective teacher.
      • Identify 3 significant challenges that educators face today.
      • If you had been in charge at your last work place, what changes would you have made and why?
      • Describe the characteristics of the students you like to teach.
      • What did you find the most challenging during your student teaching experience? (Or, for veteran teachers, most recent teaching experience).
      • Describe a time that you were in a difficult situation and explain how you resolved it.
      • If you were doing something for students that you knew was right and your principal told you to stop, what would you do?
      • Describe in detail your best and worst days in the classroom.
      • Describe the best lesson you ever taught and explain why it was great.
      • What are your long term goals?
      • What new ideas would you bring to our school and/or district?
      • Give an example of a time you went above and beyond to accomplish a task.
         

Consider volunteering as a way to explore your interests, build your resume, and connect with the community!

Volunteering in the Classroom

A great way to gain experience is by volunteering in the classroom. This can be done by simply calling a school (try to choose one that is near where you live) and letting them know how you would like to get involved. If you have a specific age or area you'd like to volunteer with more, let them know and they can get you started. It's that easy!

Additional Volunteerism Links

UI Statewide Educator Fair

This fair is in the spring semester and will be for students in the College of Education seeking employment in school districts. 

Current UI students, alums, and students across the state are invited to meet with over 40 districts to discuss job opportunities.

Learn About Careers from Real Life Professionals

CandidCareer.com provides an easy way to explore careers and learn about job search strategies through thousands of 1-2 minute video clips

 

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Attorney III (JC-432499) 05/30/24 at State Water Resources Control Board

Friday, May 17, 2024
Employer: State Water Resources Control Board - California State Water Resources Control Board Expires: 05/31/2024 To be considered for this position, you must apply at CalCareers.ca.gov. To apply you must first create a CalCareers account. Once your account is created, you can search 432499 to locate the job posting and apply.Note: This position will no longer be available on CalCareers after the job closes on 05/30/2024. No applications will be accepted after the job closing date.Positions at the Water Boards may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position.Link: https://calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=432499Are you a mid-career transactions or compliance attorney looking to protect water quality? Apply today and join our team. The State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Chief Counsel has an opening for an Attorney III in the Financial Assistance Branch. The position is located at 1001 I Street, 22nd Floor, Sacramento, right in the heart of downtown next to light rail stations and other public transportation.Duties:The Attorney III in the Financial Assistance Branch of the Office of Chief Counsel provides legal advice to the State Water Board and to its divisions and offices, primarily, but not exclusively, to the Division of Financial Assistance, the Division of Water Quality, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Public Participation. Salary information – CalHR salary rules allow appointment at the entrance rate (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 599.673) of a classification. For classes with alternate ranges, placement is based on education/experience.Please let us know how you heard about this position by taking this brief survey: https://forms.office.com/g/eR5w18jw3sYou will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.Job Type: Full-timeSalary: $10,536.00 - $13,526.00 per MonthThe Water Resources Control Board is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer.

Personal Training Internship at Camp Wicosuta

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Employer: Camp Wicosuta - Cabin Counselors Expires: 06/01/2024 JOIN OUR FITNESS TEAM - SUMMER 2024!Find out more: www.campwicosuta.comVideo: https://vimeo.com/311464514Instagram: @wicosuta_03241/@wicostaffCamp Wicosuta is a traditional residential camp for girls in Hebron, New Hampshire! Wico is a perfect job for you if you love working with kids and you want to spend your summer outdoors! Our philosophy is based on the common goal that every camper will walk away feeling confident in herself and competent in her abilities, all within a physically and emotionally safe community!As a camp counselor at Wico, you will live in a cabin with 6-12 campers AND instruct in the activity area of your expertise. We are seeking instructors in our visual arts department for Summer 2024.  Our fitness department provides coaching and instruction in cross training, HIIT, pre-season conditioning, Ninja Warrior Course  and more!  We are looking for students studying in a field related to sports, including but not limited to exercise science, athletic training, sports management, physical therapy, personal training etc. Must be available June 13-August 13. Stipend includes: Salary, Travel Allowance, and Room and BoardEnjoy your time off: Staff Lounge with WiFi and TV, days off options to Boston, Burlington, Hanover & Maine

Early Childhood Assistant Teachers Positions Available Across USA at Bright Horizons

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Employer: Bright Horizons - Early Childhood Education Expires: 05/31/2024 Early Childhood Assistant Teacher  Imagine your future teaching with a world-class team where you make a difference for children every day. Imagine learning from experts in your field and having the opportunity to earn your college degree – for free. Imagine it all as a Bright Horizons Assistant Teacher.  Full-time and part-time positions now available with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at our early care and education centers across the United States. A Bright Horizons Career Includes:  Flexible schedulingMedical, dental, and vision insurance401(k) planPaid time offReferral bonusCareer development and tuition reimbursement opportunities*Benefits vary based on full-time/part-time status  Working with another Early Childhood Teacher in the classroom, you will:  Assist with hands-on activities to meet the needs and interests of the childrenCommunicate daily with parents. Document and share the important milestones in their child’s dayKeep the classroom safe and clean by following important procedures and guidelinesWhat we hope you will bring to this role:  Candidates must pass required state and company background checks, and meet state and company minimum education and experience requirements:At least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED requiredDemonstrated experience working with children; child care, daycare, or preschool preferredEarly childhood coursework, CDA, or degree preferredContribute to the creation of a safe, nurturing environment where children foster their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Collaborate with a classroom team to create an immersive curriculum that develops future learners and leaders. Explore the possibilities of where your passion and a Bright Horizons career can take you – all in an inclusive workplace where you can be you. Apply now!  Hourly pay range: $10.50 - $19.50 / hourThis range of compensation listed here or that may be discussed in the interview process is what Bright Horizons in good faith anticipates offering for all positions in the job grade where this position falls. Actual base pay or compensation offers will depend on a variety of factors including experience, education, geography, local/state regulatory minimums, and other relevant factors.

Early Childhood Teachers Positions Available Across the USA at Bright Horizons

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Employer: Bright Horizons - Early Childhood Education Expires: 05/31/2024 Early Childhood Teacher  Imagine your future teaching with a world-class team where you make a difference for children every day. Imagine learning from experts in your field and having the opportunity to earn your college degree – for free. Imagine it all as a Bright Horizons Teacher.  Full-time and part-time positions now available with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at our early care and education centers across the USA. A Bright Horizons Career Includes:  Flexible schedulingMedical, dental, and vision insurance401(k) planPaid time offReferral bonusCareer development and FREE college degrees through our Horizons Teacher Degree Program*Benefits vary based on full-time/part-time status  As an Early Childhood Teacher you will:  Create and lead activities based on your observations of the children’s interests and needsCommunicate daily with parents. Document and share the important milestones in their child’s dayKeep the classroom safe and clean by following important procedures and guidelinesWhat we hope you will bring to this role:  Candidates must pass required state and company background checks, and meet state and company minimum education and experience requirements:At least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED requiredEarly childhood coursework, CDA, or degree preferredAt least six months of experience working in child care, daycare, or preschool preferredContribute to the creation of a safe, nurturing environment where children foster their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Collaborate with a classroom team to create an immersive curriculum that develops future learners and leaders. Explore the possibilities of where your passion and a Bright Horizons career can take you – all in an inclusive workplace where you can be you. Apply now!  Hourly pay range: $15.00 - $25.00 / hourThis range of compensation listed here or that may be discussed in the interview process is what Bright Horizons in good faith anticipates offering for all positions in the job grade where this position falls. Actual base pay or compensation offers will depend on a variety of factors including experience, education, geography, local/state regulatory minimums, and other relevant factors.

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher at Friends School Haverford

Sunday, May 5, 2024
Employer: Friends School Haverford Expires: 06/01/2024 Working collaboratively with the Lead Teacher, the Assistant Teacher supports students aged 2.7-5 in a play-based curriculum incorporating social and emotional learning, language and literacy development, early mathematical thinking, and exploration and discovery. An ideal candidate is someone with experience working with three and four-year-old students who wants to collaborate with colleagues around best practices, can communicate effectively with parents, has experience teaching in a religiously and culturally diverse setting, and has an excellent rapport with young children. Experience working in an early childhood setting is preferred, and being familiar with Quaker education and being bilingual are wonderful bonuses. A college degree is required, with a preference given to candidates who have completed coursework in education. 

Training and Leadership Development Director/Coordinator at Resilience, Inc.

Friday, May 3, 2024
Employer: Resilience, Inc. Expires: 05/31/2024 Resilience, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the mental health of students, as well as reducing mass shootings, suicide, and depression. Resilience, Inc also works to combat declining test scores, low student engagement, and a slew of other social issues.   Our organization focuses on offering Social Emotional Learning tools to enable K-12 schools to teach emotional intelligence through five core topics; self-awareness, self-control, social awareness, relationship manageEWGRIYPment, goal setting, and effective decision-making. Resilience, Inc. also provides tools for acquiring and maintaining inspiration, hope, and overall well-being.  Our mission is to teach SEL at every school in the country. It is a tough challenge, but we know “No Challenge, No Change.” If you are also concerned about children’s mental health and social being, join us! Become a member of Resilience, Inc, and help change the way schools approach mental health. Resilience offers unpaid internship programs that require at least a 4 month commitment with a minimum of 5 hours per week. There are flexible start and end dates with the option to continue after meeting the minimum requirementAlthough this is an unpaid internship, there is the opportunity to earn school credit. Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position.We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Training and Leadership Development Director/Coordinator who is a strong English speaker and possesses leadership experience in the professional or academic world. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the operations of our Training and Leadership Development division. They will collaborate with various departments to create training materials and resources focused on building resilience. The director will lead a team in the development of training materials, including videos, guides, and other resources, ensuring that every employee has the necessary tools to excel in their roles. Additionally, the director will work closely with Project Managers to align goals and objectives set by the Executive Director.Responsibilities:Oversee the operations of the Training and Leadership Development division, ensuring smooth functioning and efficient processes.Collaborate with department directors to gather relevant information and resources for training material development.Lead the creation of training materials, including script writing, video creation, and guides, maintaining high-quality standards.Delegate tasks and responsibilities to team members, ensuring timely completion of projects.Coordinate the sharing of training materials with respective employees, utilizing various channels and platforms.Conduct regular meetings with Project Managers to organize goals for the division, aligning them with the objectives set by the Executive Director.Continuously research and learn about various aspects of resilience to incorporate into training materials and programs.Assess the effectiveness of training materials and programs, gathering feedback from employees and stakeholders, and making improvements as necessary.Stay up-to-date with industry trends and advancements in training and leadership development methodologies.Provide leadership and mentorship to team members, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.Qualifications:Pursuing bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Human Resources, Organizational Development, Education, Business Administration) is preferred.Proven experience in a leadership role in either a professional or academic setting.Strong English language skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate complex concepts.Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks efficiently.Proficiency in creating and editing training materials, including videos and written guides.Knowledge of instructional design principles and adult learning theories.Familiarity with various training delivery methods and platforms.Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders at all levels.Demonstrated ability to think strategically and translate organizational goals into actionable plans.Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and requirements.Passion for learning and a willingness to stay updated on the latest trends and advancements in training and leadership development. 

Child Care Associate Teacher- State College, PA at Bright Horizons

Friday, May 3, 2024
Employer: Bright Horizons Expires: 05/31/2024 Child Care Associate Teacher Imagine your future teaching with a world-class team where you make a difference for children every day. Imagine learning from experts in your field, and having the opportunity to earn your college degree – for free. Imagine it all as a Bright Horizons Associate Teacher. Full-time positions now available with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.Compensation Range: $12.00 - $14.40 / hr A Bright Horizons Career Includes:Flexible schedulingMedical, dental, and vision insurance401(k) planPaid time offReferral bonusCareer development and FREE college degrees through our Horizons Teacher Degree Program*Benefits vary based on full-time/part-time status Working with another Child Care Teacher in the classroom, you will:Assist with hands-on activities to meet the needs and interests of the children.Communicate daily with parents. Document and share the important milestones in their child’s day.Keep the classroom safe and clean by following important procedures and guidelines. Requirements:Candidates must pass required state and company background checks, and meet state and company minimum education and experience requirements:At least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED requiredDemonstrated experience working with children; child care, daycare, or preschool requiredEarly childhood coursework, CDA, or degree preferred The range of compensation listed here or that may be discussed in the interview process is what Bright Horizons in good faith anticipates offering for this job opening. Actual compensation offers will depend on a variety of factors including experience, education and training, certifications, geography, and other relevant business or organizational factors. Life at Bright Horizons:Our people are the heart of our company. Because we’re as committed to our own employees as we are to the children and families we serve, our collaborative workplaces are designed to grow careers and support personal lives. Here, you’ll find traditional perks (health insurance, 401(k), PTO, and flex spending), education assistance (including access to free CDA and ECE degrees), and so much more. Come build a brighter future with us.

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Hawkeye Spotlight

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