San Bernardino, CA
Physical Education Teacher
San Bernardino City Unified School District
Briefly describe your daily job duties.
I’m a Physical Education teacher who coaches his students how to live a healthy lifestyle through physical activities. My duties include introducing my students to a variety of physical activities that promote physical fitness. I also mentor students and teach them social skills. Finally, I work with the school leadership team to develop school policies and procedures.
As a person who stutters, share the most challenging part of your job.
One challenging part of my job is calling the parents of my students when I need to discuss good or bad behavior. Another challenge I face is developing patience when dealing with difficult students, parents and coworkers.
Did you self-disclose your stuttering during the job hiring process? If so, how did you do it and how do you currently disclose your stuttering to unsuspecting co-workers, clients and or customers?
I did not self-disclose my stutter during the job hiring process. I currently do self-disclose my stutter with my students and co-workers when I’m having a rough day with my speech.
Describe how stuttering makes you a better, more valued contributor at work.
My stutter makes me a better contributor because it shows that I’m vulnerable. I think people appreciate people who are open about themselves.
What is your proudest moment at your current company?
I feel pride when students return and thank me for being a good teacher and they appreciate all that I do and have done for them.
What are your long-term career aspirations?
I plan on being a teacher as long as I can but would like to get into relationship/marriage coaching.
What’s your best advice for people who stutter just entering the workplace and for those in a career striving to achieve greater success?
Do something that you are passionate about that also pays you enough money to live the lifestyle you want to live. Always find ways to grow and get out of your comfort zone.