Magazine article Techniques

A Career Meant to Be

Magazine article Techniques

A Career Meant to Be

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Can a love for teaching lure someone from a successful, highpaying job? "Absolutely," says Tabitha Ratcliffe. Since her husband accepted a new job and the couple moved last year to Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Ratcliffe has been working as a corporate software trainer for Entre'/PC Solutions, but she can't wait to get back to the high school classroom. She knows first hand that the grass isn't always greener on the corporate side.

Ratcliffe received the award for Outstanding New Vocational Teacher for her work at Hayes Technical High School in Grove City, Ohio. Her information engineering technology program used a team approach to business applications, CADD, graphics, integrated English and multimedia technology.

Ratcliffe remembers wanting to be a teacher when she was in grade school. But when she got to high school another career path caught her attention-accounting She changed her career plan and dove into a math-heavy curriculum with plans to major in accounting in college and then become a CPA.

However, during her studies at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, the teaching bug bit Ratcliffe again when she volunteered to tutor her peers in math and accounting.

"I knew when I was tutoring that even though I was very interested in accounting and knew that a career as an accountant would bring me financial success, it was teaching that I really loved," she says. …

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