Education Career Guide

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Places to Gain Related Experience:

  • IKUS Life Enrichment Services
  • EDUStaff, LLC – Substitute teaching
  • The McCahill Group
  • National Heritage Academies
  • Amazon
  • Everyday Wonders Educare
  • Learning Care Group
  • Professional Educational Group Services (PESG)
  • Camp Fire

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • English/Spanish Teacher – Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Substitute Teacher – EDU Staff, LLC
  • Special Education Teacher – Kenowa Hills Public Schools
  • Customer Success Manager – TenMarks Education, an Amazon Company
  • Technology Integration Specialist – Grandville Public Schools
  • Adjunct Professor*  – Grand Rapids Community College
  • Dean of Human Services* Baker College
  • Dean of Adult Education* – Grace Bible College
  • Grants Consultant – National Heritage Academies – Grants Consultant
  • Physical Education Teacher  – Aurora Public Schools (Colorado)
  • Teacher Consultant – Fraser Public Schools
  • Secondary Special Education Supervisor* Troy School District
  • Supervisor of Special Education* Eastern Service Unit
  • Director of Special Education – Sparta Area Schools
  • KTC CORE West Program Instructor (Career Orientation Readiness Education) – Kent ISD
  • GED Instructor* – Sparta Area Schools –
  • Alternative Academy Virtual Teacher – Montabella Community Schools
  • Director of Adult Education*  Sparta Area Schools
  • Secondary English Teacher and Trainer –  Peace Corps
  • Principal* –  Byron Center Public Schools


Andy Beachnau '85 Spotlight

Andy Beachnau '85

Adding lights to the Varsity and Intramural fields (play on Lakers!)

Melissa Pyle '18 Spotlight

Melissa Pyle '18

My favorite Grand Valley memory was being in all of the organizations that I was a member of made my time at Grand Valley.

Allison Staley '12 & '17 Spotlight

Allison Staley '12 & '17

I have so many memories! One of the top ones would be watching our football team win the game that sent them to nationals! The goal post got taken down by the fans rushing the field and we got to take a picture with it.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CECS)
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Teachers of Tomorrow – Phi Delta Kappa
  • Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Study Abroad Programs

Discover the different education systems around the world and develop your own personal international pedagogy.  Imagine yourself doing your student teaching in an Indian classroom with the COST program, or learn the Hungarian teaching style during a semester in Budapest!

Graduate and Professional Education

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Leadership
  • Customer service
  • Teaching
  • Teamwork
  • Social media
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational leadership
  • Classroom management
  • Educational Technology
  • Response To Intervention (RTI)

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