My name is Kayla Kresowaty and I am an aspiring middle years teacher in my second year at the University of Regina. I am originally from the small town of Melville, which is 147 km northeast of Regina. Currently, I attend school online so I can be closer to my family, my girlfriend, and our chihuahua, Chicken Nugget.
I have always loved the opportunity to be around kids since I was old enough to babysit. They always have such amazing things going on inside their minds and incredibly unique personalities that I love to get to know. I have had the opportunity to work with many age ranges over the years through different school and community events, leading to my passion to be in the classroom. I can’t imagine having a career that doesn’t involve working closely with kids and young adults helping them to grow and learn.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT
Why do I want to teach? I believe the teachers of today have considerable influence on what the society of tomorrow looks like, whether they believe that they hold that responsibility or not. Therefore, how a teacher prepares and instructs his/her lessons is significant. Teachers must be careful and make a conscious decision not to cross the fine line between teaching an opinion versus allowing students to form their own. Of course, a child’s parents, the media, and even their peers can influence how a child matures mentally, but the education they receive should actually strive to be a neutral force. I chose education as a career because I want to be that neutral force for the future students that I will teach. I feel that the middle year’s students, on whom I have chosen to focus my own education, are just starting to form their individual opinions on the world around them. These students are experimenting with new versions of themselves, pushing boundaries with their parents, teachers, and classmates, and can feel lost in the transition from children to young adults.
As a future teacher, I want to be the one who gives her students the tools to be open-minded members of society and discover on their own how they want to conduct themselves. I feel like this approach to teaching helps to bring forth a better kind of education for the recipient, one that is more beneficial to young students by encouraging every child’s mind to open up to untold possibilities instead of being forced into a mold or shaped by the opinions of someone else. I plan to pour my heart into education and make an impact like the many teachers through my school years who have worked to shape me. Education is one of the most important jobs a person can have because I feel that a teacher holds the power to positively shape their students and guide them up the staircase of learning.
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