Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.
Going through school was, and still is, hard for me. Not having a father to share my experiences and schooling with is something that I think about everyday. I was one of the only children in my class that didn't have both parents raising them. None of my friends knew what it was like to be raised by grandparents. I hate the thought of children going through what I did alone. I am becoming an educator because I do not want children to think that they have to go through this alone. I want to be the male role model and mentor that I needed when I had no one to turn to. I have made so many connections with students over the years and I cannot tell you how many children need to have that male role model in their lives, no matter their backgrounds, family dynamics, etc. I am a firm believer that students who have male teachers are going to truly benefit from them.
There is such a stigma around men in education, especially Early Childhood Education. I am the only male Early Education major in the Class of 2020, which is devastating. I am becoming an educator to be the role model and mentor that our students need and to show them that you can pursue whatever career you want because gender does not decide for you.
Dalton from Illinois
Illinois State University