Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.
At the beginning of my junior year, my high school acquired the regional Autism Program. Because of my achievements and dedication to Best Buddies, our administration offered me a position to master tutor in the Autism Program. This position is typically only offered to seniors. I worked with the students on social, vocational, and academic skills. I had the privilege of creating my own lessons to specify to the students’ goals. After only being in the classroom for a week I came home in tears to my mom and told her "this is my passion, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life". Each one of the students touched my heart and helped me learn more about life. I cannot imagine my life without them.
Through my experiences, I knew without a doubt I wanted to teach special education for students with severe Autism and highly injurious behaviors. These students seem to be the forgotten ones in our society. These children deserve love and a teacher to believe that they can succeed. This is my goal as a teacher for everyone of my students. Their smiling faces, their warm hugs, and their drive to succeed push me to become a teacher for them.
Kaitlyn from Maryland