What it means to be a teacher: 'It never feels like a job'

For some instructors, teaching one class might be demanding enough.
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Instructor Profile: Karen Young, "Collaboration and Support for Effective Teaching"

For Karen Young, teaching five online courses all at once is perfect.

“I have about 100 students and they keep me busy,” she said. “You really need to be organized and utilize technology to its fullest. But I love teaching so much that it never feels like a job.”

Her current education credential-based courses dovetail nicely with her current full-time role as a charter school principal in Levonia, Michigan. She also teaches kindergarten at the school.

“From the time I was little girl, when I used to pretend I was a teacher, that’s always what I’ve wanted to be,” said Young, a UC San Diego Extension instructor for six years. “Life-long learning and teaching is my passion.”

Her credentials include an elementary education degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s in education from Chapman University, with emphasis in administration and education leadership.

One of her current courses, Collaboration and Support for Effective Teaching, prepares a provisional teacher for full-time duty: “It’s how we as a university affirm that this teacher understands the full pedagogy of what it means to be a teacher,” she said. “It’s the final step.”

Formerly a resident of Mission Viejo, Young relocated a few years ago to her home state of Michigan.

“Most of my extended family lives here and the cost of living is much less,” she said. “I must that we do miss the ocean, though.”

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