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What are the rewards of becoming an elementary school teacher?

I am 16 and want to go into elementary school teaching. #elementary-teaching #elementary #teacher

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Monica’s Answer

Hey, I am so glad you have chosen to be an elementary teacher. This is an awesome profession and I know you will enjoy it and it’s rewards.
So, let’s talk about the rewards of being an elementary teacher. As a former elementary teacher, I truly enjoyed working with young children of all backgrounds. One of the joys of teaching would have to be the “uh ah” moments. This is when a child’s light bulb goes off in their head about the lesson. The next reward would have to be all of the love the young kids show on daily just because they love their teacher. And, the last reward would be seeing your former elementary students come back thanking you for all of the work we as teachers put into their education. Now, once you start teaching,then you find more rewards further along because it is now all about money. The profession pays more than what money can pay a person.
I hope this helps answer your question.
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Brittany’s Answer

Hi Klarysa!

Being an elementary teacher is a very rewarding career! I love working with elementary students because they still love learning and are excited to learn new things! We also get to do fun things like dress up for holidays/celebrations or if we have fun school-wide events planned. Being an elementary teacher is also a lot of hard work. You have to prepare kids for state testing and teach them things not in textbooks like how to deal with their emotions and what healthy friendships look like. As an elementary teacher, you are laying the foundation for their school career so it is a lot of responsibility!

If you’re interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, I would start by volunteering at an after-school program, tutoring, or maybe even babysitting to see if you like working with young children. After that, research what all you need to become a teacher in your state. Most standard programs require a Bachelors degree, student teaching, and passing some required state tests. Some states like Texas offer alternative certification programs. These programs are designed for people who get non-teaching degrees but want to become teachers. This is if you decide later on you want to be a teacher and end up with a different degree.

I have been an elementary teacher for 6 years and I love it! I think you will love it too. Good luck with your research!

Sincerely,

Brittany
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Melody’s Answer

Klarysa, it would be awesome to have someone join the teacher ranks. I have been teaching for 12 years as a licensed teacher and total 14 years. I transitioned to teaching from working in the finance industry for about 12 years. I volunteered to tutor homeless students at a shelter and felt called to pursue education. Honestly, I ran from entering education as a career. I use to "play" school during summer breaks as a child. However, many things scare some away from education. I would advise you to start volunteering to work with small children in some way preferably in an "educational" setting to "see" how things could work. Here is a website that provides more information and the basic of becoming a teacher.
https://learn.org/articles/Elementary_Teacher_How_to_Become_an_Elementary_School_Teacher_in_5_Steps.html

There is a great need for teachers. I hope as you go forward and investigate becoming a teacher, you truly find your calling.
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