When I heard that I had to come up with a philosophy paper on why I want to be a teacher I thought I am never going to come up with something credible. This is really hard for me because I do not want to become a teacher. But it was assigned so this is what I came up with. I feel that I have been blessed both with good teachers and bad teachers during my career as a student. It had never really occurred to me though, that I have been a teacher for a long time myself. Also that I have been taught by the most important teacher in my life, my mother.

She is also a pre-school teacher and has already taught me a lot of what it takes to be a teacher. I know that if I ever decided to become a professional teacher I would have the support of my mother, teachers that I have worked with or volunteered for, and many of my other family members who are also teachers. I feel that I have been a teacher for a long time, because I have smaller sisters and a brother who had made me teach them how to do something. I have taught my sister how to tie her shoe, how to brush her teeth, how to ride a bike or skate.

I have taught her math, reading, and how to make my mother nuts. I have taught my sisters how to play my way, how to draw, and how to use their imagination to become anything they wanted when they were bored. I think doing this has made interact more with them and help learn more about them and myself. My mother was a stay at home wife / mother for a long time, but all of the sudden she decided she was too bored at home and needed something to do. So she began to volunteer at the school where I attended.

After a while she was offered a job as an assistant. She enjoyed teaching children and her creativeness helped her make fun. She began taking classes at night, one at a time. She then was moved to another school where she was offered a position as a special needs teacher, but my mother just didnt have the hear to see and do what is required for the job. She told me; people who work with special needs students are very blessed with the talent of being able to work by having the heart to interact with these children. She started working in A W acog Center in San Luis, Arizona where she has been working for more than 7 years.

It took almost 11 years to get her associates degree in arts; she finally graduated this past May. I am proud to say that my mother was working full time, going to night classes full time, and being a mother of 5 children. Her five children, who range from the ages of 4, 11, 15, 16, and 19 were all going to school, involved in school activities, and everything managed to stay calm. Not really! But that is why I feel If would become a teacher is because my mother has showed me how motivated and inspired she was to teach and be creative. That makes me think of how rewarding it must feel to know that a student learned to count because of you or they finally paid attention in class because it was interesting.