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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 someone else about dedication, goals, and becoming a better person.