Elementary Education: Why it’s right for me

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher

I can’t remember a time in my life that I did not want to be a teacher. One of my favorite childhood games was playing teacher; I would line up all my Cabbage Patch dolls (remember those from the 80’s and 90’s?) and “teach” them for hours and hours. I’ve been inspired by many of my teachers in elementary, middle, and high school. These teachers truly enjoyed teaching. They encouraged their students to work towards their dreams and to have ambitions.

As a teacher, I also want to be an inspiration to my students. I want to encourage my students to never stop pursuing their ambitions, no matter where they live or what adversities they face.

My first experience as a teacher

My first experience in the classroom came during my first education class at Hazard Community and Technical College. I entered the classroom at my local elementary school to observe the teachers. On that first day, I was very nervous, but all the teachers and staff were extremely welcoming and made me feel at ease right away. Over the next couple of semesters, I logged many observation hours and loved every minute of it.

Since then, I’ve taken on several substitute teaching jobs. Being a substitute teacher has been a big learning experience and I have tried to really savor it. I have particularly enjoyed my experience working with elementary students; the little kids are so funny and have a way of cheering you up even on the worst day. But, I’ve also opened myself up to the possibility of teaching middle grades or even high school.

What’s next

Hopefully I’ll be able to teach after graduation. Studying Elementary Education is helping me reach that goal. I still have a lot to do before I will be finished with school, but I know I cannot stop perusing, believing, and working toward my goal of becoming a teacher. Plus, my spunky Professor Venita would never let me give up!


crystal woodsAbout the author:  Crystal Woods is 32 years old and a full-time online student at Hazard Community and Technical College. She is studying Elementary Education.





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