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Para By Day, Student By Night: Tenea Jones’ Story
What teacher credential program did you attend?
Grand Canyon University’s Master’s in Secondary Education, right after I graduated from college. It was an online program that allowed me to work as a paraeducator during the day.
What did you study in your undergrad program?
Where did you go?
How long did you teach before moving into administration?
I taught for about 4.5 years, first geometry, then PE, as well as some experience as Dean at an elementary school.
Where did you earn your administrator credential?
How did you pay for your your schooling?
A combination of loans, scholarships, and I worked as much as I could — not only as a para. I also coached volleyball, basketball, track, and worked as a sales associate for Nike. Some of my loans were forgiven after I passed the five-year mark of working at a Title 1 school (with a high percentage of kids in low-income families).
What's one thing you love about your job?
Every year, I get a new batch of kids, and I’m always learning something new. They keep me young. They keep me fresh. They keep me accountable. It’s an endlessly fascinating journey.
Alternative routes to teacher certification
The are four types of alternative routes to teacher certification, like the path that Tenea took.
- Route 1: For paraeducators and other district staff with an associate’s degree
- Route 2: For district staff with a bachelor’s degree
- Route 3: For career changers with a bachelor’s degree
- Route 4: For district staff with a bachelor’s degree and a limited certificate
Visit TeachWA.org to learn more about and compare different pathways to becoming an educator.
Questions? Go to our Becoming an Educator tool to connect with an Educator Pathway Navigator who can respond to questions specific to your situation.
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