Why I Became A Teacher

My story begins as a little girl in elementary school. I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs that I am a product of Baltimore City Public Schools. In elementary, I attended Mary E. Rodman Elementary School #204 – we said it just like that, too. 

I had some fantastic teachers throughout my time at #204 and knew back then I wanted to be a teacher. Throughout my time as a student in BCPSS, I had other great teachers, but teaching isn’t a glamorous career, so I let go of my dreams of becoming one when I went to college.

Read about some of those amazing teachers in last year’s teacher appreciation blog.

So, I graduated from college and went to the corporate side by working in a bank’s call center for a few weeks- I knew after my first day that wasn’t for me and took a job with a private university as an admissions counselor. In the beginning, I enjoyed the work, but after two years, I knew it was no longer for me (that’s a blog post for another day, but it’s coming.)

A few of my guy friends had become teachers, but most of them were business majors like me, so I asked them how; they all joined a program that trained and helped them become certified. The program they were all in was in a district forty-five minutes away from me. I wasn’t willing to make that commute, plus I wanted to work in the district where I grew up. I wanted to teach and inspire little girls like me. My city gets a bad rep in the media, but we are filled with beautiful, intelligent, and talented people who can and have excelled in many different fields. 

I looked into the program and found the same opportunity existed in Baltimore. 

I applied for the Baltimore City Teaching Residency in late 2007 and joined the summer 2008 cohort to obtain my certification in elementary education. 

I have been with City Schools ever since, and although there have been ups and downs, I enjoy what I do. I have had the chance to advance my career through leadership opportunities on the school-wide and district levels. I’ve met some amazing students and families, and I’ve worked with some of the city’s best in some capacity. 

I could go on and on about my experience as a teacher, and one day I will. 

For now, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite teacher quotes.

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”― Albert Einstein

“Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.”― A. Bartlett Giamatti

“The teacher’s task is to initiate the learning process and then get out of the way.”― John Warren

“A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell where his influence stops.”― Henry B. Adams

“In teaching, you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”― Jacques Barzun

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”― Esme Raji Codell

“Teachers are people who start things they never see finished, and for which they never get thanks until it is too late.”― Max Forman


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