Why I Want to be a Teacher Running Head: WHY I WANT TO BE A TEACHER Why I Want to be a Teacher Darcy Lepper The Robert B. Miller College Education 301 Introduction to Education Tonya Washington March 7, 2008 1 Why I Want to be a Teacher 2 For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to get into teaching as a career. The decision stems not from the monetary gains or the lack of work in the summer, but from the experience that I have had from my own previous teachers. Every single teacher that I have had has influenced my decision, good or bad. Within my many years as a student, I have came in contact with all kinds of different teachers, some extremely good, some extremely bad, and many in between. As strange as it may seem, I have been influenced by all of the teachers I have had and observed. The bad teachers I have had have influenced me to become a teacher because I want to be better than them: I don’t want other students to have the same experience, so the bad teachers have influenced me to want to be a better teacher than they were. The good teachers that I have had have influenced me to become a teacher that would live up to their standards: a teacher that would make them proud. When I was in the first grade, I had one of the most amazing and inspiring teachers of my school years. Her classroom was always fun and interesting to go to and learning was always sure to take place. As long ago as that class seems to be to me, I can still remember so much of it because of all the wonderful things she taught to me. She always instilled knowledge within her students, even when they didn’t know they were learning. She definitely had a passion for teaching and had found her niche when she chose it for her career. I can remember, in my firstgrade teacher’s classroom, always learning through experimenting with our hands on the project. She would have us use our senses to completely understand the object. She would never just tell us something and expect us to learn and remember it; we would always discover for ourselves what she was teaching us. She made me want to be just like her and touch the lives of my own students. Aside from having wonderful teachers who influenced my decision to become a teacher, Why I Want to be a Teacher 3 my love for children is another aspect. I have always been enchanted at the lives of children and I want to be a part of their journeys. I want to interact with them and forever alter their lives in a positive way. I want to help them when they need it, rejoice with them during their triumphs, and make a positive change in their lives. In my experience as a student, I have seen a student actually be saved by their teacher. The student was on very dangerous path and the teacher intervened slowly and overall changed the outcome of that student’s life. If I can be the difference in one student’s life then I know that my destiny will have been fulfilled. I want to teach because it is simply my purpose in life. The beginning of the year 2007 was a hard time in my life and it left me questioning whether or not I really wanted to be a teacher. I even went as far as changing my major to nursing and spending a semester enrolled in that program. However, early on in the program, I realized that nursing wasn’t a career for me and I took the summer off of school and gave myself time to contemplate my path. I soon realized that there was nothing in my future career except teaching. When the fall semester started, I enrolled back into the teaching program and had actually accumulated enough credits to become a substitute teacher. The first day that I had to sub, I was a nervous wreck. However, the minute that I walked into the classroom and saw twenty eager little faces, I knew that I had to finish my degree and become a teacher. Teaching as a career has always been what I have wanted to do with my life. When I first started college, I wanted to teach high school but as my years of college progressed, my focus shifted from higher grade levels to elementary classrooms. I love the enthusiasm that elementary students have for school and learning in general. Being there to experience that with them and guide them along is why I want to teach. I can’t wait to get my degree and be able to start teaching!