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

I decided that I wanted to earn my teaching certificate when I realized that I love seeing the potential in the students and seeing that they were able to understand because of something that I said or did was the best feeling I have ever felt. Helping a child reach their potential is the best feeling in the world and knowing that it was in large part because of me makes me feel like I am going to make a difference in this child’s life. I have seen teachers that have lost their compassion for what they do and I would love to help get the compassion back for our students. I have worked in elementary schools for fifteen years and the best time I had was when I worked in the special education classroom as an instructional assistant. I always knew how hard that teachers work in the classroom, but I never thought about how rewarding it is to see the light click on when the student is starting to get a concept because of something that I said or did. I would go into the classes and do inclusion with the students and even though it would be hard to try and help the students that needed the help while the teacher was teaching the rest of the class it was very rewarding to see that the students and the teacher appreciated all the hard work that I did in the classroom. When I would enter in the classrooms the students that were not special education students would see me and know I was there to help and come to me when they needed help which was a very good feeling. The other teachers were always so appreciative of everything I did in the classroom and appreciated the fact that I was willing to help all of the students and not just the students that were special education students that helped me to realize how much I could do in the classroom for the students. I understand that it will not be an easy road to take, but I want to show my compassion for teaching. I want to build rapport with the students and parents.

Mandy from Arizona
College Sophomore
Grand Canyon University