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

Over the years I have always loved children but I never knew what I wanted to do with my life. I spent a good year agonizing over the possibilities until I finally was told that I would make a great teacher. Then I thought about it and the events that led up to my life and figured out that I feel like I was made for this purposes exactly: to teach children something they will use the rest of their life.
The closest thing I had to the moment I realized that the teaching profession was perfect for me was actually one of the days I was babysitting for a family with five children. They were all ages baby- 8 and it wasn’t the first time I baby Sat them but it was the most effective.
The stage was set, I had just received a call from the parents saying their father in law would come home early, the house was messy, and the kiddos all had yet to go through their bedtime rituals (I.e brushing teeth, bathing, and getting jammies on). Of course with an hour less of time I was getting anxious but after everything was done and I sat down and I can’t explain the feeling I had, but I somehow thrived on that pressure and felt I still loved watching them and helping them.
Of course this seems completely unrelated to teaching but in my mind it is. That moment gave me the knowledge that I could be a leader and sit in front of a room full of children and work hard to teach them while still caring about them each personally.
I want to teach children things and I think my creativity for lessons coupled with my understanding of children will make me a great educator. I wish my moment that made me realize my passion for teaching was helping a child once, but if i’m being honest, that passion was formed over a liftetime of experiences with children and personality that I have developed thoughout the years and those signs and that love is why I am pursuing my degree to educate the future kiddos.

Sarah from Michigan
College Sophomore
Baker College