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

When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer because I thought they helped people the most. After my second high-school law class I realized many criminals are created by being bullied, having a rough childhood, or believing there is no other way. I look around my school and can see some of the same thought processes happening, and I realized the kids stealing food from dollar general have started this because they believe that is all they can do. I’ve had teachers who have been kind enough to give my family food when there wasn’t enough and that showed me there is another way. And I believe teachers hold the power to shape kids view of the world particularly because they learn about it everyday at a desk for twelve years. It the idea that I can teach people yes the world can be cruel but if you put peace and hard work into it then maybe by the time I am 80 the world will be better. I want to be a teacher to teach hope and hope through education.

Channing from Texas
High School Senior
Abilene High School