Essay On Becoming A Teacher

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My mother always said I became a teacher because I loved to talk, but more than that I loved to share. As always, my mother was right. She believed in me, as well as many of the Tyler ISD teachers who taught me and for this I will always be grateful! It is my desire to believe in my students and encourage them to be the best they can be each day!
From my earliest recollections I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My first classroom was in my bedroom closet where I taught Raggedy Ann and Andy, an overstuffed bear named Brown, and Cleo the Clown their ABC’s and how to add. In the Fall of 1969, my mom enrolled me in the three day program at Caldwell Playschool. I cried for the entire first day after my mom walked me into my Kindergarten class.
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But it wasn’t until I stepped into Mrs. Estelle Barber’s Fourth Grade classroom at Bell Elementary School that I fell in love with learning. She didn’t teach from a book but from an array of hands on activities, many of which I incorporate each year into my own classroom. Thinking back, Mrs. Barber provided me with my first teaching job. A neighborhood friend needed help in reading so Mrs. Barber ask me to work with her. After a month, my classmate was reading fluently so my job ended. I knew then, not only did I want to become a teacher, I was a teacher.
Currently I am in my 19th year of teaching with the Tyler Independent School District, although I have been working
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When our first child, James Tate IV was born, we decided I would be a stay at home mom so I resigned my position. After the birth of our youngest child, Andy, I was given the opportunity to be a consultant for 7 years and managed a web-based assessment platform for Tyler ISD.
In 2012, I was offered a 3rd grade teaching position at Rice Elementary and immediately knew I was given a privilege only a few educators experience in their lifetime. I had been able to be both a teacher and a facilitator (administrator) in Tyler ISD before reentering the classroom in 2012. This has allowed me to have insight to the joys and frustrations, struggles and successes, easy and difficult decisions on both sides of curriculum development, data based instruction, benchmark testing, and professional development.
One of my passions is sharing what I have learned both in and out of the classroom so my students, as well as Rice Elementary can continue to grow as a Community of

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