Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Why I Want to Be a Teacher and a Happy Birthday

This semester I'm taking a class called "Schools and Society". Our professor wants to make sure that we get a realistic picture of what teaching is, so he doesn't hold back on the difficulties teachers face, but as I sit in class, I find myself not really surprised by the stories he shares.

You see, growing up with a parent as a teacher allowed me to see the behind the scenes happenings that come with the job: the good, the bad and the ugly.  
One of many "first day of school" pictures.
I heard a small taste of the struggles that teachers go through every day: the troublesome students, difficult administration, and the other ridiculous things teachers put up with.

It also showed me that I was lucky. Not only did I have an awesome dad, but he was a great teacher as well.  I can't even tell you the amount of times I've been told from former students how much they loved his class.

I saw firsthand how much he cared for students. Not just by words, but by actions.

And though I knew there were bad teachers out there, I also knew that there were those, like my dad and many others, that were far from that. There were still those that fought for students, and did everything they could to help students succeed.

This is what inspires me to become a teacher.  And as I sit in my class and listen to the stories from my professor, yes I am scared.  I'm scared I won't be able to deal with these struggles.  But I'm also that much more motivated. I want so badly to help students, and I want to make a difference in students' lives.

I hope to one day be such a great teacher like my dad has been for so many students.

Happy birthday Dad! Love you!

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