Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
There are many joys that can be found from educating today’s youth. Every day, students grow and learn through the help of a dedicated teacher. If you are considering earning education degree, here are a few reasons to become a teacher:
You Have a Passion for Helping Others
Doing good for those you teach and pushing students to reach their potential can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. The passion that many educators have for what they do can be a big contributor to the success of the students. To have a teacher who is dedicated to student education and success can help further students in their academic career.
You Want to Make a Difference
One of the many reasons to become a teacher is that you want to make a difference in the lives of students. Without good teachers, students may not receive the guidance they need to understand their importance as a person and the necessity of expanding their knowledge. Making a difference through teaching is one way to show today’s youth that people truly care about not only their education, but also their wellbeing.
You are a Lifelong Learner
Watching your students learn and succeed can help you learn, too! Working with students can help you discover new things you may not have known or understand the way young people learn in today’s society. Teaching a subject can also allow you to further master the subject, as well. Additionally, teachers are called to be lifelong learners, constantly expanding their knowledge on the subjects they teach and best practices for educating students.
You Love Working with Students
As a teacher, you can be a positive role model for students. Whether you teach kindergarten or high school, you have a commitment to improving the academic lives of students, helping them find their passion and discover how they can use it to benefit society. The joy of teaching comes from within, but the ability to love and enjoy what you do every day comes from what you bring to the table every time you enter your classroom.
You Feel Called to Become an Educator
To be a teacher, you must have a strong desire to be the one who assists others on their educational journey. If God is calling you to lead the next generation, getting an education degree may be the first step in doing what you are called for.
The College of Education at Grand Canyon University helps students become passionate educators who are dedicated to learning, leading and serving. To learn more about the College of Education, visit the GCU website or click on the Request More Information button at the top of the page.
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.