Why I Became A Teacher

Guest article by Jill Drum

A few years ago, I began planning my retirement for when I reached the end of 31 years of teaching. This June will be it, and as the date rapidly approaches, panic is setting in. My whole identity is that of a teacher. Even during time outside of the classroom, I clip relevant news articles to share or pick up souvenirs like geodes from the Grand Canyon to crack open and investigate with my students.

So who will I be and what will I do?

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be an educator. “Want to play school?” was my favorite pastime, and of course, I always took the role of teacher. If I couldn’t find anyone to cajole or coerce, I would line up any available dolls or stuffed animals to fill in as my captive audience. I would even go as far as creating spelling tests for each “pupil” (with misspellings included), to create papers to grade.

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