Essay On Becoming A Kindergarten Teacher

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The aspiration to be a kindergarten teacher was not one that I realized for a long time and for my entire high school career I took the steps I taught I needed to be a physical therapist. One week into the first semester of my freshman year in college, I changed my mind. As of now, I have many goals to reach with my career and a fairly solid plan of how to accomplish them. First, I plan to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After that I’ll teach in South Carolina and my hope is to find a position at a private, Christian school.
It took a while to fully develop what I wanted in a career of teaching because I had wanted a completely different life before that. However, it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Thinking
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The first thing that my mother told me when I said I wanted to be a teacher was that teachers don’t make enough money to support a family. That was the most important assumption to be because I had changed my major from a high paying career to that of a very underappreciated and underpaid career. However, doing a little research of my own, I discovered that the average salary for an elementary school teacher in the United States, in 2012, was about $53,090 per year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). That is far above the median pay of all occupation at $34,750 per year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, …show more content…
It is true to a degree that people are correct when they say that the more education you get, the more money you will make. It’s also said that those with the highest level of education get the best jobs. However, I won’t take this as a whole truth. It may be true that with a higher level of education you can make more money but that doesn’t mean everyone needs to have the highest level of education to do their best work or to be the right candidate for the position. If someone only wants a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education that is all they need, especially if the salary isn’t what they care the most about. Also, obtaining a Master’s in Elementary Education may be the new trend but it is not a very useful degree if you just want to teach. Obtaining that higher level of education is for those that want to have the “qualifications” to be an administrator. The joy of teaching is the success that I want, not the pay raise and not the chance to be an

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