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

When I was younger, my sister and I would always play "school". I would be the teacher, and she would be the student. I knew then that teaching was what I wanted to do when I grew up. Even during my childhood, I loved helping others. For example, in fourth grade, I helped my classmate to better her hand writing (per her request) by making her hand writing worksheets to work on at home. I was passionate about helping others with their school work, and I often helped my sister with her homework. When I started high school, my school had a program called introduction to education. It allowed a high school student to be an assistant for an elementary teacher for the school year. When I started the program, I had a very different view of what it meant to be a teacher. I though it was a simple job to have, but I learned it was not. I graded papers, lead the student's projects, was able to teach a few lessons to the class I was helping with, but also had to deal with disciplining the students. Along with those things, I bonded with the students, and formed relationships with them. Being in the program, I grew to love teaching more than I had before. It really opened my eyes to the world of being a teacher. I sat in on the class and learned a lot about the reality of teaching. I realized that teaching is not just what I want to do when I grow up, it's what I'm passionate about and it's what makes me happy!

Hannah from North Carolina
High School Senior
Temple Baptist School