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

I have always been a creative individual who prefers to think outside of the box. When I was a child, I begged my mother for a small white board with dry erase markers so that I could teach my very own class of stuffed animals in my bedroom. I had the best time making my own itinerary for my class and think of fun class projects and lesson plans to incorporate. As I grew older more and more people influenced my decision to pursue a career in education, telling me of the lack of money in the field and the financial struggles I would face. I was scared to follow the career that I love because I was tired of always having to worry about money, and being financially stable sounded more appealing to me. It was not until the beginning of my sophomore year, after five changes in major that I settled on Elementary Education. My decision was influenced by not feeling any inspiration in my previous majors and one movie called Freedom Writers. This movie was so inspirational to me and re-ignited my passion for teaching. I saw how the teacher shows unconditional love to her students and pushed them to surpass boundaries society had set for them. I have only had one teacher that cared about me as much as that teacher cared for her students, and I decided that I wanted to be that teacher for students. I do not think that enough teachers care enough about students outside of the classroom than inside. I want to be that inspirational teacher that students look up to and can find solace in. I want to believe in the kids who do not believe in themselves and I want to break the idea of traditional teaching in a single dimension classroom. I have always had a strong desire to help people become their best selves, and I have found that teaching can be my mode of achieving that.

Savannah from Alabama
College Junior
University of Alabama