Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Story of Entering the Great Profession of Education

Day Eight in the Big Time Literacy Blogging Challenge. Michelle provides prompts, or we can choose our own. The idea is to Just Write.

How did I end up in education?

The earliest memory I have of wanting to be a teacher is from when I was in kindergarten. My teacher, Mrs. Rheinheimer, had a loft in her room. I had never seen such a magnificent thing before. I loved it and did not get to play in it often enough. She introduced the alphabet with blow-up alphabet people.

She was such a lovely lady.

By the end of kindergarten I said that I would grow up and be a teacher--so that I could go back and play in the loft and with those alphabet people.

All the way through school I said I would be an elementary school teacher.

That's it. Just the way it was. No questions, not even trying out different professions (except for that time in fourth grade when I wanted to go to clown school).

I had several great teachers along the way--Mrs. Burkholder, Mr. Warkentine, Mrs. Franco, Mrs. Woodworth, Mrs. Huxman. Each one has played a part in what kind of a teacher I am today.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I am so glad I'm here.

Thanks, Michelle for another writing prompt.

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  1. I am a "Letter People" child as well! I loved them and I still have my Letter People workbook. I keep it in my classroom and show my students each year. Ha!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  2. Love it. When you know it, you know it, right? :)

  3. I so understand what you mean when you said it just is who you are. Teaching is not what I do- it's who I am. So glad to read someone else's story that didn't have a huge defining moment.

    My Kinder-Garden

  4. Yes - it is who I am. I have tried to do other things, but it just never felt right. It was not me.

  5. How cool is that? You always knew! I think I have been a teacher for a long time, much longer than I've been teaching, but I did not have that epiphany as a child!

  6. Great story! :) i was sort of the same way. I was just going to be a teacher. Never really any question or desire for any other professions.
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches

  7. I think I knew very early on as well. I remember telling people I wanted to be a teacher when I was in first grade, but then I fought against it (as I did with many things in my life) before finally coming full circle. I'm not familiar with these letter people. Do you have them in your classroom?
    Not very fancy

  8. A loft and alphabet people? How can you not love and remember that! Great story.
    Thanks for sharing. :)


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