Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! At ClassFlow, we appreciate teachers. We know first hand the hours that teachers pour into lesson planning, grading, and making learning come alive. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our ClassFlow Educators and our ClassFlow Ambassadors, “When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?” Read on for the quick stories shared by five of our ClassFlow community members.
Eve Heaton, ClassFlow Ambassador
When I was young I wanted to be a ballet dancer, a vet, or a spy. Not once did I think of becoming a teacher. It wasn’t until I had my own child and started to get involved in his schooling that I realized I wanted to become a teacher. It took quitting a job I didn’t love, going back to school, and taking out student loans but I got my graduate degree in teaching and haven’t looked back in over 10 years.
Scott McHand, Crowville School, 5th Grade Math
During my growing up years, school wasn’t really my thing. I usually did just enough to get by. I failed two years in middle school and found myself at 16 years old going into the 9th grade. I decided that I didn’t want to be 20 years old graduating so I dropped out and took my GED. I passed it and went into the workforce at the age of 17. I worked many different jobs from the age of 17 to 25. That’s when I met my future wife, who is a lawyer. Her family was very involved in education and she encouraged me to go back to school. Having never been to high school, I was a bit skeptical. However, with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I now have a bachelor’s in General Studies, a master’s in Elementary Education, and I am finishing my master’s in Educational Leadership. Who would have ever thought a middle school dropout would one day be a principal! However, with God all things are possible!
Andrea Tolley, ClassFlow Ambassador
I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher, but after some time trying my hand at different jobs, it didn’t take long to figure it out. While going to college, I worked a daycare and as a substitute teacher. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I had a niche for working in the school system. I had teachers calling and asking for me to be their substitute if they had to be out of their classrooms.
When I graduated college, I was offered a position to teach middle school at the school that I’d student taught at, so it was a natural next step. It was a dream job for me. I have been at the same school since I started teaching and have loved coming to work every day. (That’s why I have 100 sick days built up!)
I want to bring great educational experience to my middle schoolers. I feel like it is an age where they are impressionable, and I can really make an impact. They are starting to think on their own, dreaming big, and have their whole lives in front of them. I really enjoy teaching not only my specific content, but also enjoy challenging my students to think more critically about social issues, which I hope guide them as they enter high school.
I always love that moment when a kid just “gets it.” The light bulb goes off, and they look at you with that smile that says, “NOW I KNOW!”. I love watching kids learn and seeing the sense of pride and accomplishment in their faces when they master a new skill or made sense of a new concept. Nothing beats that.
Jaime Vandergrift, ClassFlow Ambassador
In first grade I would dig the discarded teacher resources out of the trash and take them home. As an only child, I led a very well mannered, and quiet make-believe class through some great lessons in my room. Luckily chalk washed off closet doors! I have always known I was meant to be a teacher. It is one of the few things in life that I have never questioned!
Tanya Rubin, Florida, High School
I didn’t know. I’ve always tutored and taught small groups, even as early as when I was an elementary student. Years later, a tutoring colleague interviewed to teach science at a school, and all I could say was “No! They’ll eat you alive!” I went in his place, and despite a very challenging group, I loved every day. I never left.
Share with us your inspiration. When did you first know you wanted to be a teacher?