Why Do I Teach?
by Kristy Hernandez
Teaching is the profession that allows all other professions, trades, and society as a whole, to prosper. Without teachers, how would we learn to do the things we all know how to do?
So, why do I teach?
That’s easy... I teach because someone once taught me.
I teach because I have been chosen as one of the lucky ones to make a difference in the lives of children.
I teach to help, encourage, and inspire other teachers.
I teach because it is fun and it makes me happy!
I teach because the long hours and sleepless nights are worth it when one student draws me a picture, writes me a note, gives me a hug, or brings me a souvenir from their vacation.
I teach to see the wonder and excitement of children when they learn something new or can finally read an entire book all by themselves!
I teach because I’m able to laugh all the time…you should hear the funny things 1st graders say!
I teach because I get to be part of a school community, filled with amazing people, that I am privileged to work with, and learn from, each day.
I teach because it is the best and most rewarding job of all. I am so grateful and honored to have been gifted with the opportunity to become a teacher.
Even on the hard days, I know that I did something good in the world to help make someone’s life a little bit better.