- Posted September 10, 2012 by
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Teachers: Why do you teach?
I teach because I love seeing students succeed.
First of all, I love my job. On Sunday afternoon, I start getting excited about Monday morning. As a literacy specialist and English teacher, right now I work with students who have failed courses. I run our high school online credit recovery program. Many students at my school fail courses for reasons other than aptitude. We have teen parents who miss school to take care of babies, English Second Language students who must act as translators for family members, students who work late hours to help support families. Our credit recovery program gives these students a second chance to show that they can master the content of a course.
I love inspiring and motivating students to see their own potential. Often, the students I teach have been failing since middle school. We adjust study habits, attitudes, self-confidence. I watch them grow confident with each new success. It gives me hope that they will become agents of their own destinies.
In my own small way, I am working for social change through empowering my students with self-confidence.