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Your Career Starts Here
As a teacher, you'll grow your creativity, collaboration and leadership every day. Where will teaching take you?
Your Career Starts Here
As a teacher, you'll grow your creativity, collaboration and leadership every day. Where will teaching take you?

The places you’ll go

As an educator, you’ll have many paths to a fulfilling and meaningful career that highlights your strengths. Explore the paths you can take, and meet Connecticut teachers who have done it!

Classroom Leadership

Teachers lead by formally and informally influencing their school communities. If you love life in the classroom, you can grow your career without leaving it, and help improve and refine education for student success.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) views all of its teachers as Teacher Leaders. These are the collaborators who undertake various roles supporting their colleagues and school communities, working to strengthen and edify one another. They are the trailblazers who work to improve the outcomes and success of each and every student. Teacher Leaders shape the culture of their schools, improve student learning, and influence practice among their peers.

  • Teacher Leader
  • Student Support Specialist
  • Peer Observer
  • TEAM Mentor

The life of a teacher leader

Ryan Parker is an eighth grade English teacher and district consultant in Manchester. He teaches teachers how to teach with a focus on culturally relevant pedagogy and restorative justice. 

School Leadership Roles

As an educator, you’ll have many opportunities to grow beyond your classroom responsibilities. Your professional path may expand into positions where you oversee everything from the budget to the performance of the entire teaching staff. Check out these school-level leadership gigs and what they entail.

Principals:

  • Set an academic vision and supervise staff to reach it.
  • Build school culture and establish relationships with students, parents and the community.
  • Provide professional development plans for teacher growth.

Assistant Principals:

  • Report to the principal and assist in realizing a shared vision for success.
  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Head Teacher/Dean of Students
  • Department Chair/Team Leader
  • Instructional Leader/Expert
  • School Governance Council

The making of a school leader

Read how Manuel Zaldivar Barahona grew his career—from elevator operator, to paraeducator, to teacher, to assistant principal!

 

District Leadership

You can broaden your reach as a leader and make a lasting mark on the whole community. Work with a school board to be part of the policy and decision-making of your district, or grow into an academic leadership role that guides academic excellence across multiple schools.

Teachers can collaborate with administrators and the school board by serving on regular committees that help continually improve education throughout the district.

The Leadership Committee discusses issues and concerns (both academic and behavioral), develops and revises district policies and procedures, and provides input on initiatives and district priorities.

The Curriculum Committee is made up of administrators, teachers and community members. They review and approve curriculum and texts, and make recommendations  to revise programs, add new programs and modify policy.

The Professional Development and Evaluation Committee (PDEC) consists of teachers, administrators, union representatives and office staff. This committee develops and defines the professional learning opportunities in the district in addition to informing improvements to the teacher evaluation and support plan.

The TEAM Coordinating Committee consists of mentor teachers, administrators and union representatives who plan, oversee, implement and monitor the district’s Teacher Education and Mentoring program. 

  • District Committees
  • Technology Coordinator
  • District Academic Positions
  • Teacher Advisory Council

Setting a vision for the district

After Daisy Torres became the first in her family to graduate college, she went on to teach in the community where she grew up. Now, she's the Director of English Learner Services, Dual & World Language Programs for Hartford Public Schools.

Policy, Advocacy and Academia

Further your commitment to education by sharing what you know with new audiences. Your career may naturally lead to a role where you are advocating for an issue, pursuing policy positions or moving into academic research.

Sometimes full-time or sometimes alongside your teaching responsibilities, serve with your union in leadership roles (typically elected) to address teacher concerns, negotiate contracts, and serve as a liaison between your school and the union.

  • Union Representative
  • Higher Education
  • Policy Staff
  • Advocacy Work

Advocating for students statewide

Miguel Cardona began as a 4th grade teacher in his hometown of Meriden. From there, he became Connecticut's youngest principal, a district Superintendent, and now the state's top education post—the Commissioner of Education. 

Once a teacher, always a teacher!

Education Products and Services

The skills you learn as a teacher can prepare you to develop products and services for teachers and schools. Whether you balance multiple ventures while teaching or decide to apply your skill elsewhere, teaching will prepare you to excel. Consider these few paths as a sampling of possible opportunities.

Create an organization that produces solutions and products to address an unmet need.

  • Startup Founder
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Account Manager
  • Analyst
  • Sales Lead

Take your passion anywhere

Kelly Villar fell in love with the Iditarod sled dog race the moment she learned about it. After incorporating it into her lesson plans for almost 19 years, she applied to become the 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail!™ 

Follow Kelly's journey from teacher to trail blogger and curriculum designer!

Design a Roadmap
A career in education is anything but static. It’s filled with growth, options, and opportunities. Keep exploring and a get a personalized roadmap to think through next steps that fit your stage and circumstances.
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Design a Roadmap
A career in education is anything but static. It’s filled with growth, options, and opportunities. Keep exploring and a get a personalized roadmap to think through next steps that fit your stage and circumstances.
Start