Becoming an educator isn’t easy—and neither is being one. But remembering why you got into this gig in the first place will help you stay focused when those challenging days come around, and take pride in your successes. Read some of your peers’ inspiring words, then go to the bottom of this page to share your own reason for taking on the world’s most important profession.
Marlene Wolfe, Tennessee Tech University
"I believe that education is the foundation of success and is a lifelong learning process. It shouldn't be limited to classroom dictation and expectations. As an educator, I want to make a difference in education. All children should have the opportunity to receive the best education available to them no matter their social economic status or race. By providing a firm education, we pave the road toward future growth and development."
Ben Beck, Delaware Tech & Community College
"I had difficulty when I was younger grasping concepts in the classroom due to quality of teachers, and no student deserves to be overlooked to make the job easier. I want to remind the education world that teaching is a passion, not a paycheck. I enjoy being a part of the learning experience, and to help students understand that with knowledge comes power."
Rachel Blasius, Westfield State College, Massachusetts
"Why not teach? It’s incredibly hard work but it is the most rewarding job out there and every day is different."
Sha-Quita Jordan, Georgia Perimeter College
"I believe as a teacher I must motivate, inspire, and encourage my students to strive for success. As an educator it is my responsibility to lift them up when they are down. I believe the purpose of education is to help students prepare for the real world by helping them become independent citizens and by providing them with knowledge needed for future careers. The only role that my students have is to come to school prepared and ready to learn.”
Dave Covington, Chadron State College, Nebraska
"I want to give students a chance to become knowledgeable when no one else gives them a chance."
Bonnie Joe Greek, Western Governors University
“I want to inspire others to reach their fullest potential and to learn from them in the process.”
Jennifer Mills, Central State University, Ohio
“There's no greater profession! I have a passion for learning as well as sharing my knowledge with others. I love working with youth and seeing the difference I can make in their lives. I get chills just thinking of the lifetime benefits—I teach, I touch the future....”
Tamara Hanley, Delaware Tech & Community College
"I want to teach children something more. I want to know by the time they leave my classroom they have gained something that will stay with them forever. I want to know that I have made a difference to a child."
Melina Cabrera, California State University, Stanislaus
“I think that teaching is the best job in the world! Even though many teachers complain about how much is demanded from them, I wouldn't want to be anything else. Teaching is such a rewarding job because you get to make a difference in children's lives and help guide them to make the right choices in life.”
As an education major you constantly hear the same comments from your peers over and over such as,“Wow I could NEVER do that,” “You realize you won’t make that much money,” and “So why do you want to be a teacher exactly?” For some reason the field of education is looked down upon by many. To the outside world teaching seems like such a essay job, and they think that's exactly why all us future teachers are majoring in education. However they may not realize that we want to be a teacher for many more meaningful reasons. So I will share with you a few of the main reasons many people, including myself want to become a teacher.
1. I Know that everyday I will be making an impact on someone's life
In how many other fields of work can you say that? As a teacher you know that everyday you are helping to mold and shape your students lives in some small way. You are constantly helping to broaden their minds, so that they can think in new ways. Its rewarding to know that you are helping others constantly.2.Working with kids is amazing!
Personally I think working with kids is much better than working with adults. Kids do not have a filter as we adults do. Kids are open to speaking their minds, being silly, and make the work day so much more interesting.
3. There is never a dull moment.
At the end of the day you know that you will always come home with some funny story to tell about your students. Sure sometimes students act out and can be exasperating, but no two days in the classroom are exactly alike. I know that I will never have to worry about getting bored with my profession.
4. I would much rather be surrounded by construction paper and story books than cubicles.
As a teacher there is so much room for creativity. You are constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to present lessons and making sure that learning is fun for your students. We get to build a classroom all our own, make bulletin boards, and so much more. I’m sure to most people it looks like we are just playing arts and crafts. I would never want to trade that for the mundane office setting.
5. Children are the future.
Someday these tiny human that are in your class will be all grown up. As a teacher you have the ability to help them learn skills and ways of thinking that will be needed when they are out there in the adult world. Someday these will be the people running the country!
6. Because I never want to stop learning.
I love to learn, and I don’t want a day to go by where I don’t learn something new. What better way to continue to learn than to become an educator. I will constantly be learning from my fellow teachers and even my students!
7. Watching students have that “lightbulb” moment makes everything worthwhile.
There is nothing better than watching a student's expression as they get an answer right, or when a concept finally makes clicks in their mind. In that moment all the time and effort you put in as a teacher is worth it. Students are amazed that they can do something all on their own now, and you are just happy to know that you were apart of that.
8. You become a very patient and understanding person.
Being a teacher and working with kids makes you become one of the most patient people. You come to understand that everyone has their own differences and develops at their own rate. This is something that I can apply not only in the classroom, but to life in general.
9.Working with kids brings out the child in me.
This doesn't mean that in the classroom I act like a child, rather that being around them brings back that childlike mindset. The simplest things make them happy, like coloring or recess. Being around them reminds me that I shouldn’t always take everything so seriously, and that I too should stop and take a moment to enjoy the simple things in life.
10. I could never imagine doing anything else with my life.
I honestly couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life doing anything else. Sure I will have to spend hours making lesson plans, be up at the crack of dawn to get to school on time, and deal with a cranky kid or two but I know that my job is going to be very rewarding. I get to show others how much fun learning can be, and that sounds like the most amazing job out there to me!