She realizes the need for further formal instruction and has attended workshops during her first year of teaching.
Like most new graduates who embark upon their first job, Jenkins didn’t want to make a mistake. She could sometimes be seen in her classroom on a weekday night, long after the last bell rang as she worked on preparing the next day’s instruction or measured the learning progression of each of her students. She took her work home with her also.
“Christmas was my breaking point. I was making myself burned out. Now, I can leave at 4:30 p.m.,” she said about balancing her personal schedule.
Jenkins is enthusiastic about her career.
“I’ve had my ups and downs this year. I love coming everyday. I think that’s a sign you are in the right profession,” Jenkins said.