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Coley | future teacher

I would like to be a Pre-K or Kindergarten teacher. I am around kids a lot and always have lots of fun when I'm around them. Little kids are interested in and get excited about so many things. I could create a fun, encouraging environment in the class room.

When I was in third grade I had a very sweet teacher. She was a very fun, loving, and giving teacher. Around the middle of that year in her class, I was inspired to be a great teacher just like her! She always read to us and made us feel like we could do anything!

I talked to my teachers and family, visited some Career Websites, and read some publications at University websites to learn about the requirements necessary to be a Kindergarten or Pre-K teacher. I learned that I will need a Bachelor's Degree and "hands on" training, like doing an internship at a local school. As an intern, I will get real experience working with students in a classroom. When I'm in high school I hope to be a Teacher's Aide for one of the Pre-K or Kindergarten classes. When I'm close to completing my degree in Education, I will be able to be a student teacher!

While talking with my teachers and family about what I want to do in the future, they all advised that if I work hard, I can accomplish anything. I plan to follow their sacred advice so that hopefully, one day, I will be the adult teacher giving advice to my own students.

Coley's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.