Imagine having the power to change the world by influencing and educating the generation destined to lead the world. Imagine having taught algebra to Steve Jobs, or theater to Johnny Depp. Imagine being a teacher.
But what is it, exactly, that draws one to become a teacher and join the ranks of those who shape the world student by student?
There is not one cut and dry answer to such a question; but rather, every teacher has his/her own story to tell and reason that their lives took the path to the classroom.
When asked what inspired her to become a teacher, Lauren Lewis said, “I became a teacher because I love working with youth. Education, whether inside or out of the classroom, is the key to understanding the world around us and finding our place in it. Teaching is reciprocal – I learn just as much, if not more, than my students do and that’s a reward in itself. It’s also a privilege to be a part of my students’ lives for the time that I have them. It’s challenging and worthwhile work!”
In response to the same question, Vanessa Fravel said, “I am a Biology teacher. I decided to go into teaching this subject at the ripe old age of 43, because I am passionate about the topics. I believe that it is important that everyone understand how the miraculous machine of life works and what the future of biology research is capable of in terms of improving our life and our planet.”
With these two remarks in mind, it seems that one of the main reasons for becoming a teacher is to help others to understand the world that we all share. Meanwhile, Tyler Fowler became a teacher because “[He] like[s] the idea and the challenge of taking something that is complex and sometimes not regarded as interesting or fun (in [his] case history), and breaking it down for people in an interesting way.” He also said, “I am not fast so that ruled out football, and I am not attractive so that ruled out modeling!!!”
Lastly, Charri Jensen told me, “I decided that I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to try and help inspire kids the way I had a mentor inspire me. I love what I teach, interior design, clothing, fashion; and I wanted to share my love in hopes of leading someone to a future career.”
No matter what drives one to become a teacher, in the end, what matters most is that they have a worthwhile career that they enjoy.