April 2, 2014


This past Sunday, the Indianapolis Star profiled first grade teacher Amy Brake. We are proud to call Amy a member of ISTA.


The article is part of a series the Star is doing on the top growing job markets in the state.



It's often said that teachers have one of the most difficult, yet also most rewarding jobs. Yet, many of those people entering the profession aren't fazed by the hard work.


"Teaching is a calling for me," said Amy Brake, a first-grade teacher at McCordsville Elementary School.


Brake has been teaching for nine years, all within the Mount Vernon school district. She previously was a substitute teacher and teaching assistant.


Indiana is expected to add 1,000 teaching positions a year through 2020.


Elementary and secondary education teachers rank 18th on the 2012 Hoosier Hot 50 jobs list produced by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The list, which ranks jobs based on expected wage and demand in 2020, is compiled using information based on Indiana's occupational projections and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey.


"It's an amazing feeling to be an important person in a child's life. Not many jobs can feed your soul like teaching can," Brake said.


We would like to thank Amy for her deep commitment to teaching as well as doing a great job of promoting our profession.


You can read the entire interview and article here.