Alicia Weimer: past plastic surgeon receptionist, current part-time dance instructor
By Jasmine Fortier, Staff Writer
One of Carroll High School’s current freshman Algebra I teachers, Alicia Weimer, has had more to her job history than just teaching. After college, before taking a teaching job, she worked as a receptionist at Plastic Surgery Innovations and currently holds a part-time job at a dance studio.
Choosing to hold off teaching after finishing college, Alicia Weimer decided to find a job that she could work before becoming a math teacher. That job came in the form of receptionist at a plastic surgery facility: Plastic Surgery Innovations.
“I knew one of the nurses that worked there,” Weimer said. “They needed a part-time receptionist, so she had me fill out an application.”
There really weren’t any notable requirements for Weimer’s receptionist job, with the exceptions of being able to handle customer service and simple photography skills as well as website editing skills. Of the experiences gained from the job, Weimer most enjoyed meeting new patients.
Many of the skills taken from working as a receptionist have never applied to Weimer’s current job; photo editing is often not needed in teaching, but one thing she is able to use is her improved people skills.
As well as working as a receptionist after college, Weimer has also continued to work in a local dance studio. During her high school years, Weimer began assisting at a dance studio where she now instructs part time. She started out as a helper and was then upgraded to an instructor when a spot became available.
“I started assisting [in high school] and then through college and now I teach,” Weimer said. “I guess [I get] exercise and getting to be with the kids and helping them find their passion [out of teaching dance].”
Weimer’s dance classes consist of a mix of three to seven year-old girls, five to eight year-old boys, and middle school up to high school girls.
Her students do not compete in the dance studio’s competition team; instead many of them dance as a hobby, for fun, or as a way for parents to integrate their kids with new people.
For the theme of music her students dance to, Weimer usually chooses ones that they are familiar with. In the past she has done throwbacks and songs that she enjoys, but she mainly sticks to what her students are most comfortable with.
“We go September to June,” Weimer said. “I usually pick a Disney song, something that they would know so they could kind of get into it and sing along. My older kids, I don’t really pick a theme, I just kind of go with whatever’s now the music that’s on the radio.”
An effect that came with juggling both teaching freshman Algebra and teaching at a dance studio was Weimer learning to be more deliberate with her time. Monday is the day she often attends the studio all night, making it a day were she has to leave the school at 3:15 p.m. to make it to her lessons on time.
With not heading into teaching right away, Weimer was able to build herself up with other diverse jobs to give herself a break before beginning her career as an Algebra teacher. Unlike the receptionist job, she will continue teaching dance for the foreseeable future.