Why Teach?

     Well, I’m sure that each of you are probably wondering why I decided to choose education. It’s often a career that is considered difficult with very poor pay, but it’s also very rewarding. I will be honest and say that I haven’t always wanted to be a teacher. I originally wanted to be a nurse. I even completed all of my prerequisites for nursing school and got into two of them. It was after I was about to enter nursing school that I noticed that it just wasn’t for me. I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my social life in order to become a nurse. I realized that it wasn’t even something that I was passionate about. It was just something that I decided to do because I needed a major and it paid well. The whole paying factor is also a reason why teaching had never crossed my mind, until recently.

     It really is funny how God works. You see I was a person that had my life planned out. I knew that I’d attend nursing school, graduate, get a decent job, find the love of my life, and start a family. He had a whole different plan for my life though, and it has made all the difference. After not entering nursing school, I took a year off of school to figure out everything. During that year, I began working full time at an apartment complex in a rough part of town. It was during this time that I realized how much I yearned to be a teacher.
     The children that live on my property deal with things that I never could have imagined and have never dealt with myself. These kids often deal with profanity, drugs, and prostitution. Their parents are never there for them and rarely care about what goes on in their lives. While working here, I learned how much I desperately wanted to become apart of these kids lives. I wanted to be the one that taught them that their was a way to not live off a food stamps and social security money. I want to inspire and motivate my students to rise above the lives they were born into to become productive members of society.
     They are the reason why I have decided to become a teacher. This property will always hold a special place in my heart. No matter where my career takes me, I always remember that this property made me want to be a teacher. One day I will hopefully be teaching some of these kids for 8 hours, 5 times a week instead of just talking to them every day as they get off the bus. For now, they are the motivation for all of the hard work and long nights that will begin in the Spring.
     Now that you know a little about me, I hope that you’ll join me on my journey to learn how to become the best teacher that I can be.
Thanks for reading!