Elementary Teacher

By: Shannon Seehusen

What are Elementary Teachers Responsibilities?

Elementary teachers will prepare the learning materials that they will need to use to instruct children. They will instruct the children on certain information, required by law for kids to learn, according to the grade they are in. The children they teach can range from grades Kindergarten to 8th grade. Teachers will grade and evaluate work that they assign the kids to do in order to increase his or her learning. Teachers can also help to organize and run extracurricular activities that will allow kids to grow and develop.


What is the expected salary of an Elementary Teacher?

The average US wage of an elementary teacher is $52, 911.


The average Iowa wage is $44, 392.

What education is required to become an elementary teacher?

You need to have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in elementary teaching, and you need to have completed student teaching.


What additional skills might an elementary teacher need?

An elementary teacher would need to be friendly and always willing to talk with others. They need to be a "people person", because they will be spending time with people, both kids and adults, all day. They have to take responsibility seriously because they are in charge of the care of a lot of children, daily.


Is there a demand for elementary teachers?

I don't think it will be easy to get a job teaching right out of college, but then again when is it ever easy? However, there will almost always be older teachers retiring, and younger teachers will be able to swoop in and grab their spots.


Are there any potential advancements in elementary teaching?

There is a chance of a salary raise in teaching.



Where can you find elementary teaching jobs?

This would probably be one of the easier jobs to find. There are schools everywhere! You just have to search for elementary schools specifically seeing is that is what your degree in teaching is.


Why did you choose this career?

I chose this career because I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in preschool. I really enjoy working with kids. I think that this would be a very rewarding job, because you know that when those kids move on in live you helped make an impact in their lives by teaching them.