Why I Want to Be an Educator
Becoming an educator isn’t easy—and neither is being one. But remembering why you got into this gig in the first place will help you stay focused when those challenging days come around, and take pride in your successes. Read some of your peers’ inspiring words, then go to the bottom of this page to share your own reason for taking on the world’s most important profession.
Marlene Wolfe, Tennessee Tech University
"I believe that education is the foundation of success and is a lifelong learning process. It shouldn't be limited to classroom dictation and expectations. As an educator, I want to make a difference in education. All children should have the opportunity to receive the best education available to them no matter their social economic status or race. By providing a firm education, we pave the road toward future growth and development."
Ben Beck, Delaware Tech & Community College
"I had difficulty when I was younger grasping concepts in the classroom due to quality of teachers, and no student deserves to be overlooked to make the job easier. I want to remind the education world that teaching is a passion, not a paycheck. I enjoy being a part of the learning experience, and to help students understand that with knowledge comes power."
Rachel Blasius, Westfield State College, Massachusetts
"Why not teach? It’s incredibly hard work but it is the most rewarding job out there and every day is different."
Sha-Quita Jordan, Georgia Perimeter College
"I believe as a teacher I must motivate, inspire, and encourage my students to strive for success. As an educator it is my responsibility to lift them up when they are down. I believe the purpose of education is to help students prepare for the real world by helping them become independent citizens and by providing them with knowledge needed for future careers. The only role that my students have is to come to school prepared and ready to learn.”
Dave Covington, Chadron State College, Nebraska
"I want to give students a chance to become knowledgeable when no one else gives them a chance."
Bonnie Joe Greek, Western Governors University
“I want to inspire others to reach their fullest potential and to learn from them in the process.”
Jennifer Mills, Central State University, Ohio
“There's no greater profession! I have a passion for learning as well as sharing my knowledge with others. I love working with youth and seeing the difference I can make in their lives. I get chills just thinking of the lifetime benefits—I teach, I touch the future....”
Tamara Hanley, Delaware Tech & Community College
"I want to teach children something more. I want to know by the time they leave my classroom they have gained something that will stay with them forever. I want to know that I have made a difference to a child."
Melina Cabrera, California State University, Stanislaus
“I think that teaching is the best job in the world! Even though many teachers complain about how much is demanded from them, I wouldn't want to be anything else. Teaching is such a rewarding job because you get to make a difference in children's lives and help guide them to make the right choices in life.”