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

Hi, my name is Sasha Alvarez. The moment I realized I wanted to become a teach would be about 1 year ago. I had just given birth to my son and I saw him as innocent as we come. My heart was overfilled with joy and sadness. I remembered my life as a child growing up. I remembered being abused and neglected. Being a child of rape and molestation. My only escape was school. Sadly I wasn’t doing well. I was failing and misbehaving. One day my 5th grade teacher sent us all to Gym class, at the time it was almost summer and it was extremely hot. I started to cry because I was in pain. My gym teacher sent me to my home room where I had explain what had happened. I told her the truth. My back was burning. It felt as if it was on fire. She asked if I would show her my back and I did. She found belt lashes and other bruises across my back. I never forgot her face. She was in tears and she hugged me. Not long after I was removed from my home and was in a Girls home. Due to my traumatic experiences I wasn’t doing so well in school again. I eventually dropped out of school in the 7th grade. Years go by and at the age of 22 I decided to get my G.E.D. I passed my pre-test which was on my first day to passing the actual exam the following week. Now I am 27 and I have to thank my teachers for everything they have done. The fact that even though I wasn’t good in school I was taught the fundamentals of academics. That I, a 7th grade dropout was able to pass an General Educational Development test. That I was not only seen but heard. I was saved by my teacher. Only God knows what would of happened if she didn’t talk to me. Only God know what should of happened if my teachers gave up on me and only saw me as a troubled student. I want to be that teacher. I want to be able to save as many children as I possibly can. I want to be someone in a child’s life that they can turn to. Someone that won’t give up. Not just for me or my son, but for our future. Our students will make a difference.

Sasha from New York
College Freshman
Ashford University Online