Describe what you do.

As a Kennel Assistant I am in charge of the general care of animals staying at the local Animal Clinic either as a boarder or overnight as a patient. General care includes walking, feeding/watering, cleaning, and giving medicine to the animals. I’m also a sort of janitor – I do laundry, dishes, sweep, and mop.

As a substitute teacher I fill in for teachers who are unable to come in that day. Some weeks I don’t work at all, while others I work every day. Usually the teachers leave lesson plans for me to follow.

Describe how you do it.

I start each shift at the clinic with walking the dogs (yes I get paid to walk dogs!!). After each dog is walked, I feed them, refill their water, and give them medicine when needed. I check their bedding to make sure it’s clean and clean up any accidents or messes. I also get to take care of cats! I clean out their litter, feed them, and refill their water. Next I do dishes and laundry. A lot of dogs and cats come in and out of the clinic which means a lot of dirty food/water bowls and bedding! I also clean out runs of dogs/cats that were picked up that day and set up runs for any incoming dogs/cats for the next day. I then vacuum, sweep, and mop. I finish my shift by walking all of the dogs again.

As a substitute teacher, each day is different. Usually the teacher will leave me lesson plans to follow. I work at a small school, so I sub for every grade – preschool through twelve. With elementary grades, usually more teaching is involved. When I sub for these grades, I will teach lessons and help with homework. When I sub for high school, usually the teacher leaves work for them to do so that I don’t have to teach any lessons (thank goodness because I’m the worst at math and science!)

Describe why you do it.

I absolutely love both of my jobs. A year ago today if you were to ask me what I wanted to be doing, I would tell you that I wanted to work at the clinic and be a substitute teacher. I am passionate about animals so caring for them comes easy and naturally for me. It’s not really a job when you love what you do. Substitute teaching wasn’t something I always wanted to do, but after graduating I missed being at my school and had a burden for the teens in my town. What an amazing opportunity to be able to be a witness and testimony to them every time I sub. Plus being back at my old school makes me feel at home. It’s all the fun of teaching without the commitment! haha 😉

What was the first step you took to become what you are now?

I graduated from college with an associate’s degree in Office Systems. To be honest I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I chose the most general major I could. Thankfully I didn’t need any previous experience to be a kennel assistant! I simply applied when the job opened up. However, as a sub I had to go through training and get a license to substitute teach.

What do you wish you had paid more attention to in school?

Art. As crazy as some people may think that sounds, I always had a passion for art but I never really pursued it. I love my jobs and I’m so thankful for them, but I regret not going any further with the art class I took.

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