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

I never wanted to be a teacher. Or at least I never knew that I did. When I was in third grade I was going to be a marine biologist, and focus my time on manatees and whale sharks. Then, from seventh grade to my junior year of high school, I swore that I was going to be an author. I had written book after book after book, the longest forty-five chapters long, with a sequel in the making. I was going to be a fiction writer, though have realistic, important, and controversial topics. At least I was, until I discovered community involvement.
At the end of junior year, nearly a month before summer vacation, I was picking my classes for senior year. Going through the list of electives, I noticed a class that I hadn’t seen before on the lists from the past years. I asked my counselor, and she explained to me that the class would take up two slots, second and third period, so that the students in the class could travel to an elementary school down the road. The goal of the class was to give the high school students real world experience, and the elementary school teachers extra help with their classes. The second week of the 2017-2018 school year, we had travelled to the elementary school for the first time, and were given our assigned grade levels, teachers, and (occasionally) partners. I was assigned a first grade class, with another girl who ended up a good friend by the time graduation had come.
In early November, I was sitting next to my partner at our table in the back of the room, two students sitting across from us to read their sight words for the week. I was working with William, one of the sweetest kids we had in the class, who was also on the autism spectrum. He’d been stuck on the same three words for months: grandparent, garden, and responsibilities. William seemed more excited than usual to come back to our table, and he read those three words the clearest he’d ever read anything before, and I felt like I was going to cry. I realized that I wanted to teach.

Kloe from Texas
College Freshman
Central Texas College