“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
My overarching goal in education is to help kids to believe that they can do anything they set their minds to. The important reasons why I would like to become a teacher are I want everyone to feel welcome, and I love being around and helping kids.
I would like to teach to positively impact as many lives as I can. Everybody is different. These differences include but are not limited to: races, cultures, and mental abilities. What really hurts me is that sometimes people see such differences as a negative. Some consider it a hassle to work with special needs kids within education, because they may require a different approach to each activity. It is too common to see the focus point being how that particular student is different from their classmates. The focal point should only be the discovery of different approaches and ways of learning. If we were all the same or if we all learned the same way, imagine how boring the world would be! Differences are not a negative. There should be celebration given to the differences rather than ignorance. I want to honor these differences and make everyone feel like they are worth something.
Another reason on why I would like to be a teacher is simply because I love working with children. I currently work at Adventures Plus within an elementary school. The coolest thing about my job is that I love going to work. At that young of an age, kids are excited to learn. They enjoy learning because they’ve never encountered such an environment before. It doesn’t matter what I’m teaching them, because seeing their passion and excitement makes me that much more excited to do it!
A final reason on why I’d like to be a teacher is because my calling is to help people. When I was in fourth grade, I was bullied for the way my ears looked. Every day I was teased, laughed at, and pushed around. At the age of ten, I ended up getting plastic surgery to change, just because kids were so mean to me. I never wanted another kid to go through what I did. So, from that moment, I was going to help anyone and everyone I could. I know that when I become a teacher, I will be there for the kids who look, think, or speak differently. I will give them a voice when they think they are voiceless. That is what I was born to do.
Overall, there are many reasons I want to be a teacher. I love being around and helping kids, and I want to change people’s lives. I didn’t choose this career. This career chose me, and I cannot wait to begin my journey.
– Kaitlyn Steffan