Episode #10 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs

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If you are in the midst of earning an advanced degree in the humanities and are scared shitless because the job market has plummeted¬† at least twelve notches below abysmal…you should listen to this. Amy and I went to grad school together – and as we approached career prospects in different ways, we both landed at private secondary schools…yes, we are high school history teachers. And so I thought I would ask her on the show to bat around some ideas of how we wound up where we did.

Amy offers a lot of insight into how this path might be a plan A for those in Ph.D. programs. Her passion for what she does here really shows through. There is quite a lot to be said for fulfillment and happiness when it comes to what we do. Listen up – you might get some ideas.

We discuss:

  • Alternate career paths for history Ph.Ds
  • The unique experiences teaching in secondary education/ private schools
  • The inherent values associated with these positions
  • Happiness, fulfillment, and making a difference (yes, it happens)

Amy has a lot of great advice for students, notes the importance of films such as Twelve Years a Slave and recommends what will surely be a fascinating read (it’s on my list): Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook. You can find Amy on Instagram doing the Insta thing – so stop over and say hi.

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