I went to college to be a teacher but had some issues with the school administration and decided to graduate without student teaching.
I ended up being a professional musician for a year but I put my teaching skills to use. I taught piano and voice lessons and also worked in a before-school program at a local Catholic grade school. But I decided during that year that I really wanted to teach so I went back to college for a semester to student teach.
I made it through the first experience which was 9 weeks in a 1-3 grade classroom but I had issues with the second 5 week experience in a middle school math classroom because it had been awhile since I'd done any advanced math. So, I had to move back home and ended up getting a job in a call center for a generator company.
Now that I'm married and in a different state with kids of my own, I think I'm finally ready to teach. I don't think I was ready 5 years ago. I needed more life experience. So, I've applied for Texas alternative certification, taken my content tests and now I'm just trying to find a teaching job. Not as easy as it would seem in this economy.