The Perfect Place: A Student Teaching Experience
Slagle, Susan R.
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January 7, 1991, was the day I began student teaching. Rising at a time of day (6:00 a.m.), I thought only fishermen awoke was not as difficult as I had anticipated. My excitement level sent the blood rushing through my veins allowing me to be alert and awake before the shower water hit me. I was anxious to begin teaching because it is something I have been waiting to do since the third grade. Driving to Carmel High School increased my excitement as well as my fear: fear of failing, fear of the teachers looking down upon me, and fear of getting a run in my stockings! Those fears were quickly diminished as I walked into the school and learned about the school. A north side suburb of Indianapolis, Carmel draws the upper middle class to its community. Carmel, a city with approximately one hundred thousand citizens, supports ten quality educational facilities (seven elementary schools, two junior highs, and one high school). The high school, both junior highs and two elementaries have been awarded national recognition for "Excellence in Education" designations. Located relatively in the center of town, Carmel High School (CHS) educates approximately eighteen hundred students.