Chad Decker

Chad Decker

Education, 2006

High school teacher at South Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, Md.

I have been a teacher since I graduated from Lycoming College in 2006 and recently earned a master’s degree in education, along with an administrator license so I can pursue the next stage of my educational career: becoming a principal and possibly a superintendent.

As a high school biology and anatomy teacher, it is necessary for me to plan daily lessons, manage student behavior, and build relationships with students and parents.

Lycoming’s required observation hours and student teaching is crucial to learning what it takes to be a good teacher. But remember, to be a successful teacher, it is not a 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. job with 2 1/2 months off in the summer. 

It requires patience and a full commitment of your time. It is important to always acquire new knowledge and techniques – you truly must be a lifelong learner.

The biology May Term abroad was one of my most memorable experiences at Lycoming. It was the best college experience I could have hoped for. Lyco offers everything you need to make the most of your college experience.

Students in the education program should learn as many different methods as they can to instruct their students because a classroom never runs “by the book.” I can’t stress enough that being a good teacher is more time than people realize.