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What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

McKenzie | future physical education teacher

Since I love sports and an currently playing on the select traveling team softball as a pitcher and Girls Volleyball at my junior high school I want to be a Physical Education Teacher. P.E. Teachers teach kids in health, fitness and sports. They teach younger kids motor skills and older youth and young adults exercise and healthy eating habbits. I looked up how to become a P.E. Teacher online at "" and it says the requirements for schooling may be different for public and private schools. You must have a bachelor's degree to be a state teacher and you must be certified. You also have have an internship where you student teach. You must be a good listener and speaker and know how to communicate. You not only have to know the activity you are teaching but tell the students how to play it and the rules. You have to be able to maintain discipline, interact with your students, parents, other teachers and administrators. I am learning a lot of these skills now through my coaches. I am also learning how to be a leader. I have been elected to my Student Council for three years and was Vice President for Student Council. I have also been a Secretary, Vice Presiden and President of my Children of the American Revolution Society and have been active the local and state level. I am also a Girl Scout and active in my current schools "No Place For Hate" anti-bullying program and "Student Council." All these things are helping me towards my goal of becoming a Physical Education Teacher. I plan on attending Texas A&M University for my degree.

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