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Whitney Wise - Employed
Whitney Wise - Employed
School: University of Florida
Major: Master's in music education
Current town: Sarasota, FL
Salary: $42,554
Age: 25

The music education field has always been limited, so I had to fight my way into the workplace with enthusiasm and fresh ideas. There were only three openings for choral/general music teachers in my tri-county area; I wasn't hopeful about my chances as a recent graduate, but I got interviews at two of the schools.

I was up against two current teachers for the jobs, but I was offered both elementary music positions. I accepted a position that includes teaching general music to all 850 students, a choir, and a new violin program! I am just thrilled.

I've been in the classroom for the last 3 weeks, setting up my room and tuning violins. I'm so excited for my first day, to meet the kids and more of the teachers. Music impacts everyone, and I can't wait to share it. My parents are the ones who stuck me in performing arts school, so they're the ones I have to thank for it in the end.

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Last updated September 04 2009: 12:17 PM ET
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