When I started college, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. With my extensive first-hand knowledge of athletics, my plan was to be a Sports Psychologist. But when a chronic injury forced my athletic career into premature retirement, my bitterness left me wondering if I was capable of reliving my personal disappointment through other athletes I would potentially counsel. I have always loved children, so my college advisor suggested pursuing a career as a child psychologist. He thought I needed to confirm my ease with children so he contacted a teacher friend of his, and I started volunteering in a 4th grade classroom. By the end of the semester, I had fallen in love. Not with counseling. With teaching.
It was too late to change my major, and it took some time to go back to school and get my teaching degree. But I have no doubt that I chose the right career path for me. Here are my...
Top 10 Reasons Why Being A Teacher is the Perfect Profession for Me
10) I can be as silly as I want to be. In fact, sometimes silliness is a job requirement.
9) I don't have to buy business suits.
8) My experiences as a parent have enhanced my abilities to get into the mindset of a young child.
7) As a mil spouse, teaching is the perfect portable career.
6) I've always had a debilitating fear of public speaking in front of my peers. But I'm in my element speaking to young children.
5) I thrive on finding creative ways to teach children, methods that don't include boring lectures.
4) I have regular hours, and I have afternoons and summers off to spend with my own children.
3) I can't get enough of children's picture books! Once my kids outgrow their extensive library, my classroom is going to be overflowing with books.
2) Witnessing the triumph on a child's face as he or she conquers a new skill is more far more rewarding to me than a paycheck.
1) I remember many of my elementary school teachers, some fondly, some with fright. I remember 1 who threw chalk at misbehaving students and 1 who took so little time to assess my skills that she carelessly placed me in the lowest reading group. But I also remember 1 teacher who encouraged my crazy imagination and 1 who recognized that I was misbehaving because I was bored in that lowest reading group. I want to be that teacher my students remember fondly.
Like I said, I'm a huge fan of children's books. What is your favorite children's book?