MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – With the state's education budget in crisis, one can't help but wonder what future teachers are thinking about as they prepare to enter the workforce.
"It's just something I've always wanted to do" said Jessica Davis, a Sophomore at Auburn University-Montgomery.
She spends several days each week working with preschool age children at the university's Early Childhood Center.
Davis said her favorite moments are when she sees that a child has grasped a new concept or a lesson just clicked.
"I just love seeing that light bulb go off. I love when the kids learn something new and you can see that they learned something new" Davis said.
The chair of the education department at nearby Troy University in Montgomery, Dr. Joe Reynolds said he hasn't changed his lesson plans in regard to job-hunting since the economy took a turn for the worst.
Reynolds said, "we try to guide them. We don't guarantee a job. We guarantee a degree but we do try to give them some guidance as to what opportunities are out there."
Born in Miami, Davis, who started working at the Early Childhood Center when she arrived at AUM in the Fall of 2009, said she hasn't ruled out teaching somewhere other than Alabama.
"I'm willing to go wherever it is to help children anywhere. I just want to be an impact on a child's life" Davis said.
Alabama's superintendent of education has said previously that layoffs are all but unavoidable for this fiscal year.
Davis and Reynolds with Troy both agree that the state's economic issues shouldn't effect well qualified educators from finding jobs.