Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a teacher happened during my senior year of highschool. I was involved in my high school internship program and through this program, I had the opportunity to go to my elementary school every day after fifth hour. During this time, I worked in a self-contained classroom for third grade students with autism. I had never worked with students with special needs before, and it was a challenging and rewarding experience. Halfway through the school year, a student came to our school in Illinois from California. He was verbal, but wouldn’t talk and was visibly having a hard time transitioning to a different school in a different state. He struggled to make eye-contact and would have tantrums frequently. One time, during rest time, he was sitting at the table crying. I came up and asked to sit by him and started to color. I asked him what I should color and he took my hand and started drawing his family. This was the first “breakthrough” that I had witnessed, even though it seems like such an ordinary skill for a third grader to have. However, for this student, it was monumental. He made a connection with me and communicated through coloring. I continued to work one-on-one with him throughout the school year. Everyday, there were little ways that showed his growth in our school. On one of my last days there, this student came late, saw me and made eye contact and said “Hi Miss Meghan”. This was the moment I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I saw how through love, hard-work, and perseverance, teachers can make a difference in a students’ life. As I finish up my junior year of college pursuing a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, I am so excited for the future I will have as an educator, helping equip students with the tools they need to succeed.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Meghan from Illinois
College Junior
Carthage College