Very often people ask me, “Why do you want to be a teacher?” So I thought I’d answer that question in a today’s blog. I want to be a teacher so that I can make a difference in the lives of young people.
I became aware of how much teaching can impact students’ lives when I was in high school. My high school’s National Honor Society chapter went to an underprivileged elementary school in our county, and we donated and read books to the students. The teachers at this school told me that many of the students were on free and reduced lunch and most likely didn’t have any books at home to read. To see the looks on their faces and how excited they were to be receiving their own book was absolutely life changing for me. They were so intrigued by everything I did just because I was in high school, and they were so appreciative of the time I spent with them. I knew that many of these students didn’t get the support that they needed at home, and this broke my heart. These children were so desperate for any kind of attention, and I wanted to give it to them. They immediately clung to me as I read to them. I knew then and there that I wanted to help children by becoming a teacher.
I wanted to be able to help students like this everyday if I could. I know that in my life I’ve had so many awesome teachers who have inspired me, and I want to be an inspiration to students of my own. To see children who were so eager to learn and were so excited to have the opportunity to take a book home to read was something I can’t put into words. They were so kind and loving to me and they didn’t actually know me.
After having such a great experience at this elementary school my NHS chapter went back the following year, and we put together a gift drive to give to the students at this school during the holiday season. It was really sweet to see some of the same children I had seen the previous year and how happy they were to see me again.
I believe education is a powerful tool that can empower children and open up a world of opportunities to improve their lives in ways that without it they wouldn’t have. I want to teach students that they can do anything they put their minds to and that there are no limitations to what they can achieve. I want to be a teacher that each day makes a difference in the lives of the students in my classroom. I want to encourage them to learn and grow in every aspect of their lives. I know that being a teacher is such a powerful job because you get to interact everyday with the future of our world and to be able to say I had a small part in making that future brighter, by having the privilege to teach, would be an honor.