"When deciding on a career, I knew that I wanted to work with children who looked like me. At first, I wanted to be an attorney to help juvenile delinquents. In college, I started a part time job in which I tutored elementary school children. I was in love with the way their faces would light up when they grasped a new concept. I felt fulfilled knowing that I was the one who helped them to grasp it. I had an epiphany, "why not become a teacher so that you can help students NOT become juvenile delinquents?" I believed that becoming a teacher made the most sense. 

The most rewarding part of my career is making a difference in the lives of children. Many students deal with things at home that we couldn't imagine so I like to give them a safe haven to laugh, to dream and just be kids. Some kids come to school yearning for that because they don't get it at home. The most difficult is "teaching to the test" and not being able to be completely creative. I think it's a disservice to students when we are constantly focused on data and trying to get them to pass a state assessment.

 One day a student walked into my classroom and asked me if I was sad or upset. I replied, "No. Why?" He said, "because whenever I come to your class I look forward to seeing you smile but you're not smiling today so I figure that something is wrong." OMG!!! I will never forget that. No matter what kind of day I am having, I always remember to smile because they look forward to it. BTW, I really haven't had a bad day. LOL!

For anyone interested in entering the field of education I would tell them to remember that you were once a child. Remember what made you laugh. Remember what made you cry. Remember how you felt when adults didn't listen to you or believe in you. Remember what made a teacher your "favorite teacher."  Then apply that into your classroom to make it the best experience for your students."

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