Date of Defense



Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

James A. Muchmore, Education and Professional Development

Second Advisor

Erin Hart, English

Third Advisor

Janice Childers


Thesis seeks to answer questions such as:

  • "What can I begin doing to prepare me for the first teaching job of my professional career?"
  • "What will help me to be as effective of first year teacher as possible?

The paper is focused on several subjects: 1) learning from others' experiences, 2) preparing for a job interview/researching the school system and community, 3) preparing for the first day of school, 4) having a well-managed, safe classroom environment and, 5) being a role model and teaching children how to be caring citizens. Includes interviews with teachers.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only