I began offering these classes when my daughter was in third grade and I volunteered to speak to the children about what I did as an architect. That 1 hour session turned into a full semester of town planning. I enjoyed it, the teacher was thrilled that I was bringing new material into the classroom while reinforcing concepts that she had been teaching them and the students had a blast.
After that, while still working full-time as an architect, I volunteered to provide after-school classes at my daughter’s school. That turned into offering classes on Saturday’s at my office. My daughter is now a freshman in college so it’s been a while since that first class and what was once something that I enjoyed doing in my free time has become a full-time vocation.
For the last three years I have participated in enrichment programs at several elementary and middle schools in Seattle and have been co-teaching a history of architecture and design class at one high school. That has led to working with high school students on their independent study programs via Skype.