Ms. Pfluke’s Journey to the Classroom

 In Career Change

“I had 30 years of experience working with young people, but had never been a classroom teacher.”
– Ms. Lillian Pfluke, TeacherReady alumna 

Ms. Pfluke is one of more than 900 TeacherReady alumni teaching in 49 different states and 71 countries. As a second career teacher, Ms. Pfluke started as a middle school mathematics teacher, and has since branched out to high school physics and physical education. When asked about her journey to becoming an educator, Ms. Pfluke responded, “I absolutely love my job, my school, and the kids I have the privilege to teach at the American School of Paris.”

To be an educator is a special calling

I’ve heard it said many times, “To be an educator is a special calling.” I believe this is true for great teachers and great leaders who choose to work in K12 education. They are the ones who work tirelessly to help students learn, grow, and achieve. They are the ones who make sure parents are satisfied with their children’s learning experience, and the ones who never give up. After 30 years of working with young people, Ms. Pfluke answered the call to become a great teacher in the classroom.

The teaching profession benefits from experienced professionals choosing to teach. More importantly, students benefit. We hope that you connect with Ms. Pfluke’s experience and that teaching becomes a career option for you and other individuals who may have never considered it before.


Many, many thanks to Ms. Lillian Pfluke for sharing her experience. We thank her for choosing to teach and broadening the academic experiences of her students.

TeacherReady helped me convert my professional and leadership experience into education skills, allowing me to be an effective teacher and classroom manager from day one.  As an older student, I had 30 years of experience working with young people, but had never been a classroom teacher. Through TeacherReady, I was able to think about my life experience in education terms.  But also importantly, I was given the practical knowledge and tools needed to jump in and make an immediate impact. – Ms. Lillian Pfluke

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