Why I Want to be a Teacher Why I Chose Teaching As My Profession…. When they asked little kindergarten me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, “a teacher!” with no hesitation. Documented in a sixth grade autobiography, I wrote that I would become a science teacher. In ninth grade I absolutely loved algebraic equations, so I decided to become a math teacher. However, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus eliminated that possibility for me, because I just wasn’t getting it, so how was I supposed to teach it. Regardless of what subject area I wanted to specialize in, I loved the idea of helping kids through education. I loved the teachers who made their lessons fun and interactive, and I knew from a very young age that the world needed more teachers like that. I loved and felt comfortable in a classroom environment and I could and still can picture myself as a teacher. Now, that picture in my mind is closer than ever to reality! This journey to becoming a teacher wasn’t that simple. I derailed from this lifelong aspiration that I had to become a teacher when I was in my senior year of high school. Reality set in, I had to decide what I would be studying. I was in a new mind state where a high economic status and job security were priorities in a career. Seeing the troubles of education in Puerto Rico like teacher strikes, unfair pay, unmanageable work environment, and others steered me in a different direction. I decided to go for medicine. I had two years of experience as a nurse student. In these two years I decided this just wasn’t for me. I felt completely uncomfortable in a hospital environment, I didn’t have the physical strength to work with patients, and I honestly couldn’t see myself happily working as a nurse for the next thirty years. That was when I went to counseling in the university. During these sessions I decided that happiness is more important than money, and money does not bring happiness. I wanted a career I would feel good doing, so I was back to becoming a teacher. Not that I think teaching is any easier than nursing, I’m just willing to work to be the best I can at it because I like it. Afterwards, I had to decide what subject I would specialize in. It felt natural to choose English because of my trajectory with the language and the need of good English teachers in Puerto Rico. I studied in full English schools in Puerto Rico throughout my whole Elementary and Secondary levels. I also had a college access experience in the University of Wisconsin. So, I feel more than confident in my English language skills to help others with theirs. When I began my English Education courses I was even more convinced that I wanted to become an English teacher. There are so many theories, methodologies, and strategies teachers can use to make their classes effective in facilitating learning for the students. There is also so much value in using literature in the classroom, from the classics to the recent adolescent literature. Overall I feel prepared to begin this journey as a teacher because of this academic preparation. I have come this far in my pre-journey, and I am about to embark in the final stage of this academic preparation. I know that through this I will gain sufficient experience to be able to teach on my own. I hope to become a great teacher. I hope to lose my nerves and anxieties with preparation and experience so that I can truly help my students. Finally, I hope to be happy working as a teacher!
Why I Want to be a Teacher