“A good teacher changes your grades, but the best teacher changes your distance.”
Making a difference in the lives as many students as I can is always my intention in this field. Taylor Mali, a renowned poet, education advocate and former teacher, describes this impact in his spoken word poem, “What Teachers Make.” He says, “I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could, I make a C+ feel like a congressional medal of honor, I make an A- feel like a slap in the face … I make parents see their children for who they are and what they can be … I make a difference.”
Teachers do more than teach, and their impact spreads far beyond the classroom. As a teacher, I am not only an educator, but also a mentor, a confidant and a friend to my students. Becoming a teacher let me impart life lessons that students will never forget in the rest of their lives. Essentially, be a teacher makes me take part in shaping the next generation.