Why I want to teach

The first question asked when I was interviewing for my teaching job was, “Why do you want to be a teacher?” It’s an extremely important question, because sooner or later, you’re going to second guess your choice. It’s not just teaching, it happens in any career. It’s hard to do the same thing for 40 years straight.

To quote the great movie Keeping the Faith:

The truth is you can never tell yourself there is only one thing you could be… You cannot make a real commitment unless you accept that it’s a choice that you keep making again and again and again.

To be truthful, I’m doing teaching for me. I’m not doing it because it’s the right thing to do, I’m doing it because I want to feel good at the end of the day. I want to know that my life is helping others. I’ve only got one life and I’m not going to spend it doing things that make me unhappy.

With all that being said, it’s good to list out the reasons why I want to teach. Here they are, in no particular order.

So there you have it, why I want to teach.