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

What gave me the desire to teach? I can answer this easily. It is not only a desire, but it has been my destiny. My Father taught for 30 years and retired. My mother was a Para-Professional for over 20 years. Even my Grandmother Armstrong was a teacher. These three beautiful, strong, inspiring teachers taught me the way to my dreams. I had other interests and careers along the way, but my heart felt more at home with teaching. I noticed this change when I was going from college to college, trying to figure out where to go for school. At Le Cordon Bleu, The Art Institute of Tampa, St. Leo University, and at the University of South Florida, I had a different major in mind per college. There was something in common that was occurring and that was teaching. I just knew I wanted to do it. The difficulty was the subject area. I had art in mind, as well as physical education and English. My Grandmother’s voice and impact on me, was what lead me to pursuing Art Education. I support the Arts and it is always the first thing to go from schools. It becomes unfair because students need to open their minds and imaginations. No child knows how their imagination works anymore. I chose Art Education for that reason. Students also need strong influences in their life and need teachers that care about them. We want students to have some form of knowledge before they hit the real world. Of course, I want to have a change or an impact on students. That is why I chose to pursue teaching.

Nathanial from Florida
College Sophomore
Florida Southern College