Why I Want to be an Educator
In very exciting news, I am well into my second week as a Reading Corps member! I have been getting more and more excited every day, thinking about the service that I’ll be providing. Over the next few days I want to expand a little on what I’ll be doing with the Reading Corps, but for now I want to focus our attention a little earlier in my journey. I want to share with you guys what made me decide to get into education. While I’m not a teacher yet, I will be serving students in schools who really need me, and taking steps in furthering my career.
I’ve known that I wanted to in schools for a long, long time. Many of you who are reading this blog (I think?) have probably heard me talk about my own childhood, and the reasons that I decided to go into teaching. For those of you who haven’t, I’m going to do some blogging over the next couple of weeks about what motivates me to teach. Now, I have a lot of reasons; little personal anecdotes, experiences of other’s that have motivated me, and my thoughts about the school system in America. So, I’m just going to write about things as they occur to me, and we’ll see how it goes!
I can’t remember the exact moment when I knew I wanted to be an educator. I had a lot of ideas before that point: I wanted to be a princess (duh!), a dancer, a super model, a wedding planner, an interior designer, a witch, and for a really long time I wanted to be a lawyer. I used to watch The Practice and Law and Order with my dad, and I liked the ways the lawyers on TV seemed to swoop in and save the day. They put the bad guys in jail and helped the good guys get their names cleared. Some time, late in my middle school days, one of my friend’s parents turned to me and said,
“You know that lawyers aren’t like anything on TV, right?”
She described more of what real law was like, and you know what? I’m really glad she did. I would have made a terrible lawyer, and I would have been miserable. But I was left wondering what it was that I did want to do. The idea of being a lawyer had been what motivated me in school, kept me excited about my classes and looking forward to college. I needed a new goal.
I started thinking about why I had wanted to be a lawyer: because I wanted to help people. As they would say on Scandal, I wanted to be “a gladiator in a suit.” So I decided to look back on my life, and my family, and I thought about who the people were in my life that helped me the most. My parents, of course, had always offered me support and guidance, but that was personal rather than professional. Over and over again, I kept coming back to the same people: teachers, tutors, counselors, and administrators. Not to say that all of these people in my life were always helpful—there had been a lot of lackluster teachers and apathetic administrators over the years. But on the whole, it was the folks at school who always pushed me to be my best and to make the most of my circumstances.
I wanted to be that loving support system in the lives of students the same way that teachers and other adults at school had been that for me. I wanted to make kids feel good, to make them feel smart, to make them feel like they could do anything they put their minds to. And I still do.
In my next post, I’ll talk about the specific teachers and other administrators that did all of this guiding, and the ways they’ve inspired me since. Until then, I wish all of you a lovely day!
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