There was a little school that did not have a full-time teacher for the first and second grade. They were in one room together, consisting of a whopping total of three children. In a few months a teacher would be there, but, until then, mothers volunteered in the afternoons and a seventh grader taught in the mornings. She had never thought about teaching before, but, if one had asked, she would have told him that teaching was not for her. Throughout high school she taught at Bible camps and tutored small children, but the teenager saw no future for herself in such a vocation. “I’m not a fan of kids,” she’d say. “And certainly not of school.” Then, the time came to start thinking about college. While the girl did not plan on going to college, her main reason for not going was because she did not know what to study. During her senior year, she had the opportunity to volunteer at the local school for special needs children. Once a month, helping with whatever was needed, planted a seed that grew into a change of heart. For a year, she worked as a teacher’s aide. It was the first time, apart from baby-sitting, that she had been responsible for another person and, now, she had fourteen children! She had been in denial. Teaching was the career for her – no doubts. It took six years to learn this truth, but, in the end, she was glad.
In college, she majored in Elementary Education because special education was not available. Thankfully, her teachers let her gear the assignments accordingly. Because of a love for writing, she decided to minor in English. There were many opportunities to do some peer teaching in and out of the classroom. The last two years brought opportunities for the young teacher to use her newly-learned skills in the classroom. She was truly thankful for all she had learned and could not wait for graduation and a class of her own.
After college, the new graduate was offered a job at the school where she had previously volunteered. She was given the responsibility of supervising the kindergarten and teaching religion and language therapy to the lower grades. The following school year, another position was offered. This time, another high school teacher was needed to assist in one-on-one learning, life skills, and job training. After moving to another location, the teacher accepted an offer to be a one-on-one paraprofessional to a blind preschooler. The next year, she worked at a vocational rehab center for blind adults. It was her job to give instruction in GED, English language, and home management skills. All of these positions were enjoyable and exciting.