Why I Want to Teach!

Why I Want to Teach!

I want to teach because I believe I have a lot to contribute, in terms of sharing what I have learned, with others. I have worked in a wide variety of jobs from pumping gas to factories & warehouses. But the work that has touched my heart, is teaching. I don’t think that I’m anything special but what makes me a good teacher is my empathy with the poor, the disenfranchised, & the new immigrants to America.

I grew up in a poor, working class family. My mother raised us by herself & being the eldest, the responsibility for taking care of my brother & sisters fell on my shoulders. Books and my love of learning was what got me through the dark times & still do. Because of my background, I have a lot of compassion for those on the lower rungs of our society & I am sensitive to peoples’ feelings.

Equally important in terms of what I could contribute as a teacher is the fact that I have over 15 years of experience educating children & adults from varied cultures. I have successfully organized & managed a multitude of classrooms—including several very difficult ones in terms of behavior. I am self-motivated, creative, open-minded, & dependable. I am good at creating an atmosphere of acceptance & treat individuals as equals.

In conclusion, what I hope to gain from serving, as a teacher is that feeling of satisfaction that comes from knowing you have had a positive impact on other’s lives. An experience that I’ll never forget was when after teaching ESL for 6 weeks to a couple of high school classes in L.A., I told my students I could no longer be their teacher. I hadn’t taken 6 units towards my credential, so the district wouldn’t renew my long-term credential. A few days prior to finding out that my long-term credential would expire; I had been interviewed by the principal, the ESL dept. chairman, & the English dept. chairman and was offered my choice of a yearlong position in either dept. I chose the ESL position I was in because it was such a joy working with those students.

Most of those students were from El Salvador & Nicaragua and had witnessed some pretty horrific stuff that I hope I never have to experience. And when I made the announcement that I had to move on, several of the girls started crying. I was so touched that tears started to well up in my eyes as well & I quickly left the room out of embarrassment I guess? I was disappointed not only because I could no longer work with these eager & warm students, but I also lost out on a full-time position in which I could’ve made a difference in these students’ lives. Many of the students wrote me letters & drew pictures for me to take with me. I’m tired of being a part-time & temporary teacher and want to get into an Intern program so I can become a fully qualified teacher. I love teaching and the opportunity to be of some assistance to my fellow man.

Sincerely,
Rob DeLoss, March 2, 2006

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      thanks for the compliment and for the quote. I simply treat others the way I want to be treated which could also be seen as “self-serving” I guess? But we are what we are or as the Jesuits say, give us a child up to the age of 7 or 8 years of age and they’ll be ours for life i.e. our character is pretty much set by the time we are 7 or 8 years old? I love the ongoing conversation hosting a blog site affords me.

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      admin says:

      That’s okay my friend. I have traveled to other countries and know how difficult it can be. I hope we can stay in touch? What country are you from if you don’t mind my asking?

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      admin says:

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