I love coming to work everyday and being apart of the transformation that is going on at NMSA and within the community

Once I graduated college, I thought finding a teaching job would be relatively easy. Be a paraprofessional for one year and then get a full time teaching job. Four years later, I was working in my second school district as a paraprofessional and going back to school twice to add more endorsements to make myself more noticeable and be able to teach more content areas. There were times throughout the four years when I thought about giving up on my dream of being a teacher.  This crossed my mind even more over the last two years when I was driving to and from interviews, some two hours from my house, and getting rejection email after rejection email. I told myself after the 2014/2015 school year that I had one more school year (2015/2016) to look for a teaching job, then I was going to look for a new career path. I was fortunate to interview for two separate jobs here at NMSA. The first one did not go as planned, but I got a second chance to show who I was as a teacher and how valuable I would be to the NMSA staff. My dream came true when Ben called me in July and told me NMSA wanted me to be the 7th Grade ESL ELA/SS teacher. Words could not explain how excited I was to achieve my dream of being a teacher and starting a new chapter in my life. With NMSA being the third school I have worked in in my short career, I can honestly say it is the BEST school! I love coming to work everyday and being apart of the transformation that is going on at NMSA and within the community. NMSA truly is a family! When I tell people I work in North Chicago, I get the confused look of why, but these people only know North Chicago by its name and old reputation and not by what is going on everyday to make a difference in the students’ lives. #NMSAPride, #NMSAsuperheros, #NMSALove, #NMSAfamily

-Brad Nedza