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Why I Chose to Become a Teacher

             ´╗┐In second grade, when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was spoken with confidence; a teacher. Many children, girls in particular, claim that they want to become a teacher, but as a child grows and more career opportunities emerge, most deviate from the educational path and move on to other occupations.
             Since I come from a large Italian family, I've been surrounded by young children my entire life. I began babysitting when I was young and being around these children solidified that I wanted to become a teacher so I could make an impact on a child's life and somehow make a difference. I believe that if you desire to be a teacher, you have to be 100% committed, dedicated and have a genuine love for children.
             After my first semester in college, I was employed as a nanny. In this position, I gained a lot of "real world" experience being around the active boys I was responsible for. I helped them with their homework, making sure that they were fully prepared for school the next day. We did a lot of learning activities and I led them through different educational projects. During this time, I began substitute teaching and was given the opportunity to fill in for absent teachers at several local schools. It was at this time, while holding down a nanny position and substitute teaching, that I realized I wanted finish college and show myself capable of having my own classroom.
             I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to go back to college. I'm excited to be able to invest in a career where I can make a different in the lives of children. I believe being a teacher will be a joy, fun and very challenging - but I'm looking forward to becoming an influential educator and a mentor to my students.
             I look forward to becoming a positive role model to children one day. Growing up on a farm, my grandparents were very successful and motivated. I learned a lot about life from them and I want to be able to teach

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