When I Say Teacher
BY TRACEY CARTER
My whole life, I have always dreamed about becoming a teacher. I believe that teachers help mold the minds of a younger generation, who will sooner than later become the future leaders of the world. I have a passion for English. I love to read, and I love to write. My grammar isn’t always perfect, nor is my spelling, however, I wouldn’t want to major in anything else. Finding symbolism in novels, and putting pieces of a book together to figure out the meaning of a passage is one of the many joys in my life, and something I take great pride in. I have always looked forward to spread my passion for English amongst a classroom, and I can’t wait to guide my future students into their young adulthood. However, whenever I tell someone that I want to become a high school English teacher, I hear the same remarks over and over again.
When I say Teacher, I hear: you’re going to be poor.
When I say Teacher, I hear: you’re going to be disrespected by all of your students.
When I say Teacher, I hear: loud gasps from surrounding people wondering why I would ever want to dedicate my life to waking up at 5am every morning to head into a large high school.
I’ve gotten used to it. I guess if somebody doesn’t share the same passion I do for teaching, they are not going to understand why I want to become a teacher one day. They will never understand that I want to spread my knowledge to a younger group of people in hopes that they will listen to what I say and do great things with some of what I taught them one day. They will never understand that I don’t care that I will not be making a lot of money, because my job is going to fulfill me with riches that money could never buy.
When I say Teacher, I don’t hear: your life will be rich with knowledge.
When I say Teacher, I don’t hear: your job will be rich with relationships.
When I say Teacher, I don’t hear: your passion will become rich with the students.
I know I will be teaching a large variety of students. There will be students who come from privileged homes, but also students who come from heartbroken homes. There will be students who are polite and ready to learn, but also students who will be a little harder to teach, who will need more help to get used to the curriculum. I know that I will be there for whatever my students need, helping them along every step of the way. I want to be a good role model for my students. I want to supply my students with a good form of education. I want to help teach my students, not only the subject matter, but also important life lessons. Including, to always be kind to one another, to give to others, and to always reach for the stars no matter what they end up doing.
I know that I will be criticized for wanting to become teacher, I am used to it by now. I know that some people will never understand why I want to become a teacher, and that’s okay. I know that teaching is not always easy, and it will be challenging along the way, but I am ready to go out of my comfort zone, and do whatever I can in my power to help out my students. I am ready to officially pursue my dream of becoming a teacher, and living a life that is more rewarding than anything I ever could have imagined.