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

I first became interested in becoming a teacher while in middle school; however, I did not know which particular subject I wanted to teach. I had dreams of becoming a music educator, but my heart wasn't in it. Throughout the first two years of my high school career, I considered many different subjects such as music or history education, but my heart settled on English education at the end of my junior year of high school while sitting in my ninth-grade English teacher's classroom. I had gone to her that afternoon in tears because I was feeling lost and needed advice. She was always one teacher I could count on no matter what the need was. All of my peers seemed to have their majors chosen and was ready to get life started. I, on the other hand, was scared and envied those who knew which college they were going to and what they wanted to in life. I had always wanted to major in music; however, it was no longer a passion of mine. She encouraged me and was able to help me find a subject that I excelled in and enjoyed helping others excel in, too. My inspiration for pursuing English Education came from two remarkable teachers from my high school. Because of them, I began to truly value the English subject and the art of teaching. I am often reminded that teaching is a profession with no high reward, salary wise. The two high school teachers previously mentioned helped me realize that teaching offers many other rewarding benefits that will stick with a person for a lifetime. Teachers can leave a lasting impression on a student, possibly changing their life. I hope I will one day make a difference in a child's life just as my high school English teachers made a difference in mine, creating a bond that will last forever.

Erin from North Carolina
College Sophomore
South Piedmont Community College