Yes, I Want to Teach Kindergarten, And No, I Don't Need Your Criticism

Yes, I Want to Teach Kindergarten, And No, I Don't Need Your Criticism

Thanks for your concern, but this is what's right for me.


Everyone has an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, as they are growing up. That wasn't me.

However, this is the job for me —and, I want to know when I stopped being an expert on what is, or is not, right for me.

I am tired of the weird, disapproving looks when I tell people that I want to be a teacher. Believe it or not, you are not the first person to inform me that they make no money. I did observations in a class that was out of school for almost two weeks because so many teachers in the state went on strike. I am well aware of the financial situation that goes along with teaching, but I strongly believe that money is not the only reason to go into a profession. If you think that you can live the rest of your life doing a job that does not interest you, just for the paycheck, then more power to you, but I want a job that means something not only to me, but to others.

Now that we have cleared the money discussion, this next part is for anyone who thinks that I should not be a teacher because they do not like kids. If you do not want to spend hours on end with kids, then don't! But that does not mean that I should not.

I like working with kids, I have done it for multiple summer jobs, I have close to 70 hours of experience in various classrooms, I know what I am getting myself into. I did already know that they are needy, sometimes gross, and obviously immature. I am also aware that they are cute, sweet, and excited. So, no, I do not need you to tell me all about how you could only teach high school if you were a teacher. You can take the sassy, know-it-all, bored teenagers. I will be with kids who are excited for school and eager to learn.

And for my last, and favorite, argument against being a teacher, no, I am not just going to be teaching the alphabet. Kindergarten still has standards and expectations that need reached, there is still a lot of work to be done. I will not sit in a classroom and teach my students the ABCs day in and day out. It is not, in fact, so easy that just anyone could do it.

I know my career choice is not the most luxurious and calm, I know that it is going to be a handful and it is going to be stressful. But I also know that it is right for me, and the only person that gets to decide that is me. So thank you for your input, and your "concern", but you can take it elsewhere, I have lessons to plan.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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To The High School Counselor I Wouldn't Have Made It To College Without

I couldn't have made it through high school without her and now even college.


Dear best counselor ever,

When I came into Blake High School I had no idea what to expect. I was a scared, confused, lost freshman. Coming into a school that my sister had just graduated from there were some familiar faces, yours being one of them. You were my sister's high school counselor for four years and then mine. But, you weren't just a counselor you were a friend.

Anytime I came into to your office you were there for me. You became more of a mother figure to me than a staff member. The endless times I came into your office with endless problems you were always there to help. When we lost two seniors my junior year your door was open for me and the rest of your students when we couldn't bear to go to class. When I couldn't handle my biology teacher anymore you were there for me to vent to. When I had testing anxiety you opened up a quiet space for me to take my tests. When I didn't know how to apply for colleges or what I even wanted in a college you were there for me. When they tried to switch my last name to a different counselor you kept me.

You were truly the role model, friend, mom, staff member I needed at Blake. I loved coming into your office and just talking to you about everything. I don't know how I would've survived four years without you and even survive college now. Every time I come home which isn't often your door is still open. I come home you ask how college is going and you're proud. You expect the best out of me and it makes me expect the best out of myself. I know how hard you work and I just want you to know that I couldn't have done it without you. When I was scared to go to a school fourteen hours away, away from my family and everyone I knew, you told me to follow my heart. My heart led me to Alabama and I couldn't be happier.

As you go back to school from winter break I want you to know how appreciated you are because I really don't know where I would be without a great friend like you. I walked across the stage at graduation looking at all the faces I would be leaving as I took the journey to Alabama. When you called my name I knew that was where my journey started. They handed me a red rose at the end of the stage. We were told to give it to someone who made a difference in our four years at Blake. I gave it to you not only because you made a difference in those four years, but because you made a difference in my whole life and taught me so many lessons that I couldn't have taught myself. I am stilling learning so much and I can't wait to tell you all about it the next time I come to your office.


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