Where It All Began

Most teachers feel they chose the route of education since they love working with children, but can they pinpoint the exact moment they knew they would be a teacher? Perhaps it was the time they babysat a child who melted their heart with a kind word, or maybe it was the role model teacher they loved when they were younger. For me, it all started in the 8th grade. 

Mrs. Walters had just finished another grueling lesson of negative integers that had bored everyone’s eyeballs from their sockets. As she muttered on about using math in life, one of the students asked her if she enjoyed teaching this. Her response will forever be burned into my brain. “Doing what you enjoy is a rarity in the work field. No one likes middle schoolers, and no one would ever choose to teach them.”