Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.
More directly, growing up I was able to witness firsthand the impression my mother made on her students. Outside of being an excellent classroom teacher who was nationally recognized for her success, my mother was and still is a passionate educator who gives everything she can to her students: from school supplies to a meal; scholarship opportunities or a ride to school; perhaps most importantly, love and support. Though I am the eldest child in my family, I am fortunate to have many older “brothers” and “sisters,” students of my mother’s, welcomed into our family and loved as she loved my siblings and I. Just like aunt Minnie, my mother’s compassion extends outside of her classroom, supporting all students in the community whether they are “her kids” or not. I have witnessed firsthand how much a person, especially a teacher, can impact those around them, children or adults. I am interested in becoming a teacher so I can make a difference in the lives of students and in my community, just like the women in my family before me.
Rebecca from California
Western Governors University