Thursday, May 1, 2014

Why I Became A Teacher

I just discovered this week that Crystal, over at Teaching Little Miracles is also a Kansas blogger. 

 Teaching Little Miracles

And she wrote a nice post about why she became a teacher. And at the end, she said she was doing this because of the attacks {especially, it seems, in our state} against teachers. 

Yeah, I want to take the high road, too. 

So here's why I became a teacher. 

When we first moved to this community, I went to an informational meeting about "how to become a teacher." But this community doesn't have a four year university, so hmm, I decided I didn't want to do it. 

Fast forward a couple years, well, several. My one and only little girl starts school. And I spend the whole year super cleaning the house - lol. 

But when my girl got to 2nd grade, I apply for and become a sub. And I really enjoy it. I liked looking at a teacher's plans and making them work. I liked connecting with the kids, even for one day - although there were several classes that I subbed in many times. And, really, I liked seeing what teachers did in their classrooms. So I start thinking again, why don't I do this. By now some universities have outreach programs in my community, and I can do some classes totally online. So I decided to go for it.

I went very, very slowly - I think I took two classes a semester. I already had my Bachelor's {in something else}, so that helped. 

OK, as I read back over this, it seems more like a "how I became a teacher" - not why. I just like kids. Whenever I volunteer at church, it's with the kids. I like trying to find creative ways to interest them and help them learn. I like trying to make some story that we have to read from our reading series come alive. I love when we can get all excited about dinosaurs, or insects, or a story about Julian. I like to watch them paint - when they don't get to do that at home. Or even, give a little back rub that somebody doesn't pull away from.


  1. And aren't your little ones blessed that you made that choice way back when to change your life and thus, change theirs.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Tammy, aren't you too sweet? Sometimes I forget to think that way - so thanks for reminding me! Sara

  2. I found your blog through Mrs. Bartel's School Family! I am a Kansas blogger too. Sometimes I think the "how" is a big part of the "why." It was for me anyway!

    1. I hadn't thought of that - that the how is a big part of the why. I think you are right. I wasn't sure I wanted to go ahead and become a teacher - but I kept taking a class and then another. And look where I'm at now.
      I so enjoy reading Mrs. Bartel - thanks for visiting me! Sara

  3. I liked reading your story. It took me awhile to realize that I wanted to be a teacher, but I did and I love it...most of the time. ; )
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. Haha, I love it too, just like you - most of the times. And sometimes I have to remind myself that I do love it. I let all the yuck get to me. Sara.