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Why I Want To Be A Teacher

by Gracen Yates, Staff

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The past two years I have attended the Branch Area Careers Center for Early Education, and it has honestly been the highlight of my day, each and every day during that time.

Being a senior, I am constantly asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I then answer, “I want to be a preschool teacher!” which almost always draws same response:

“Ew, why would you want to do that?”

What these people might not understand, though, is that being a preschool teacher is way more than wiping noses and tying shoes.

It’s helping to mold hearts, shaping minds, and going to and from work each day knowing my heart is full.

As part of my program I serve at the Tot Spot Community Preschool as a cadet teacher.

You can’t imagine the joy of children running in every day saying,  “Miss Gracen, I missed you!”

This simple act makes every early morning, every bulletin board, and every boogery nose worth it.

Being a teacher means having the chance to impact a child’s life, but it is often overlooked that every child that I, as a teacher,  encounter makes some kind of impact on my life, too.

Whether it’s the 3 year olds who are just learning to ride a bike, or the 5 year olds who can read their names forward and backward to me, each of these things affects me..

I will remember each and every word they say to me, and I will always remember their stories, struggles, and triumphs.

Each and every child I teach will forever hold a spot in my heart.

I’ve always had a passion for working with young children, but somewhere in between the numerous bulletin boards, hundreds of untied shoes, the cries of missing their mom, and the general chaos of children, I fell in love with being a teacher.

As a teacher, my goal is to always listen to each and every child, because you never know if they are listened to at home.

I want to make my classroom a place that every child can call home.

I want to open their minds, their hands, and their hearts, and maybe, just maybe, make them love education just as much as I do.

So now when you wonder why I, or anyone else for that matter,  want to be a teacher, I hope people will understand.

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Why I Want To Be A Teacher