Loving the Craft Leads to Making a Difference

Teachers are passionate about their chosen career paths, and these teachers share exactly what makes it such a meaningful profession.

The rewards of teaching reach far beyond the numbers on a paystub. While every teacher has a different story and may have taken a different pathway into the field of education, there is never a dull moment on the journey. Uncovering the reasons behind why educators love their craft and continue to make teaching an integral part of their lives shines a light on just how amazing these trusted professionals are. We asked a variety of educators to complete the phrase I love teaching because… and the results make us want to pull them all in for a giant group hug.

I love to teach because…

“I love to teach because I get the privilege of seeing my students in action: thinking about life, working to find their way, creating possibilities, and realizing their dreams. I love to teach because I love learning, growing, and changing the future with my students and colleagues!” Frank B. (Education Program Manager & Professor, 25 years)

“I love to teach because it’s just who I am. The feeling of excitement and accomplishment I get when children light up with new knowledge is so satisfying!” Heather D. (Director of Special Programs & former kindergarten teacher, 24 years)

“I loved to teach because I felt I was giving students something no one could every take away: education and knowing that someone really cared about them and their success.” Nancy P. (middle school math & ELA, 35 years)

“I love to teach because I get to spend my day with some pretty amazing kids. I get to be a part of the lives of some future history makers and world changers.” Beth C. (2nd grade teacher, 12 years)

“I love to teach because I am constantly learning, and it helps me become a better person.” Nina J. (counselor & post-secondary educator, 7 years)

“I loved teaching as I experienced the wonder and excitement of my students, especially when they experienced the “light bulb” effect; when a concept I was teaching to them clicked.” Mary B. (middle school teacher & counselor, 35 years)

“I love to teach because I enjoy being a positive role model for students who may not otherwise have one.” Victoria H. (math teacher, 9 years)

“I love to teach because I want to inspire kids and help mold them into creative and kind adults.” Erica H. (art teacher, 17 years)

“I loved to teach because I love to share my interest and love of history with all the wonderful and talented young people.” John S. (history teacher, 30 years)

“I love to teach because I love providing other black girls with a positive role model. One who is educated, independent, and driven.” Erica D. (assistant principal, 18 years)

“I love to teach because I work with students with learning disabilities and/or kids with ADD or ADHD. I love the challenge of helping kids find the joy in learning despite their daily struggles and frustrations.” Claudia R. (intervention specialist, 23 years)

“I loved to teach because I enjoyed seeing children have that “aha” moment when they learned a skill that they thought was beyond their capabilities.” Steve D. (teacher & principal, 42 years)

“I love to teach because I can see kids “getting it” and growing up as learners right in front of my eyes.” Angie L. (4th grade teacher, 17 years)

“I love to teach because the kids I teach bring new perspective to my life every day. The best part is when former students come to visits you and tell you they’re doing something positive with their lives!” Ashley F. (ELA teacher, 9 years)

“I love to teach because of the genuine, honest, and hilarious minds of little ones.” Amy B. (intervention specialist, 5 years)

“I love to teach because no matter how crazy the world outside gets, the world inside my classroom is my happy place- every day I get to smile and laugh!” Mindy H. (ELA teacher, 23 years)

“I love to teach because EVERY day dishes out new things. As the days pass by, I see the incredible growth of many young minds, and… they say the cutest things!” Kelley M. (1st grade teacher, 17 years)

Whether in the profession for 5 years or 35 years, all teachers asked share a passion for their craft and a dedication to their students. The rewards of teaching aren’t always tangible ones. Educators know that the greatest rewards of entering the profession are the heartfelt ones.

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