I used to be Kindergarten through 8th grade art teacher but started out as a teaching assistant to grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. What got me into teaching was my passion for kids, too! I started out as a nanny which led to a career in teaching.
If you're passionate about working with kids, I'd recommend becoming a teacher. It is so rewarding and you have the chance to make an impact on children. Some things you could do are -
- If you're still in school, check to see if there are classes you could take in education. That could give you an idea as to whether you'd like to pursue a career in teaching.
- Reach out to local schools in your area and find out if they have volunteer programs. Mention you're interested in a career that works with children and see if you could volunteer a few hours in the classroom.
- Identify the age groups you'd like to work with and research what the requirements are in your area to become a teacher. Enroll in a school that offers multiple subject teaching credentials or see if your current school offers this.
- Maybe there's a specific subject you'd like to teach. You can do research on how to go about obtaining a single subject teaching credential in your area. Oftentimes, programs can take between 1-2 years to complete.
Best of luck to you!