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

I have know that I have wanted to be a teacher since I was about 5 years old. I was inspired by my preschool and kindergarten teachers that were patient with an anxious 3-5 year old me in school. My choice to want to be a teacher only solidified throughout my time in school. Teachers were always helpful, even in times of need due to person/family dilemmas. The teachers always wanted me to do my best and they were supportive through my time in school, sometimes more supportive than my family. My 8th grade agricultural teacher and FFA Advisor inspired me to become an Ag teacher. She helped me feel important as the new kid in a grade of 11 students, she gave me a place to fit in with the FFA while helping me find my passion for agriculture. I want to help my future students have a safe place at school, a club that they can call a second family, and a classroom that they never feel awkward in. Becoming a teacher has more meaning to me than just my original drive to help students find their "light bulb" moment with a subject - you know, the moment you can see when a student's face has this sudden "I know what this means" look. Becoming a teacher now has a meaning for exploration, and a drive to keep students inspired about their future as teachers did for me.

Hannah from Montana
College Freshman
Montana State University