Why do I want to be a teacher?

As a college student, I am constantly asked what I am studying or what I want to do with my life. The answer never changes: Secondary Education and English, I want to teach high school English. People are baffled by this because ‘who wants to work with older kids’ and ‘who wants to read for the rest of their lives?’ Being a teacher, in general, holds so much more power and significance than just reading and grading for the rest of my working life. Teachers have the ability to spark creativity within their students and can even change their lives.

Throughout my years in school, I found safety within the pages of novels, such as The Outsiders, The Great Gatsby, and The Bell Jar. However, I found the most beneficial aspect of my English classes is having a teacher who loves what they do. From my sophomore to my senior year, I had teachers who loved every part of their job. They were passionate about what they taught us. It was not about curriculum to them, but picking pieces for us to read that would have some type of impact on the teenage mind that also fit into the curriculum.

The best part about one of my English teacher was the bond she developed with me. She knew and understood the fact that each student has a personal life outside of their academic lives. She knew that sometimes the personal life would fall apart and affect the academic life, but she was never bitter about the inconveniences. She has the biggest heart and is the reason I want to pursue this career. Every student needs someone they can trust in. She was that person for me, and I want to be that person for someone else. My goal for the future has always been to help people. Becoming a teacher will help me do that.

I do not want to be a teacher to read and write all day or because I would get the summers ‘off.’ I want to be a teacher to help and inspire, like my teachers have done for me.