Degrees and Certifications:
The first thing most people want to know is , "why did you decide to become a teacher?" The answer to that has almost everything to do with my mother.
My mother earned her Ph.D back in 1965. This was during an era when mothers were to "stay at home and raise their family." I was born in 1965 so you might imagine the influences my mother had on me from the day I was born. She had incredible fortitude, work ethic, and was by definition and rating scales a genius.
I didn't know I wanted to be a teacher until later in my life. I was in my early 30's when I decided to become a teacher. I pursued my teaching degree with same fortitude as my mother. I entered the profession with the same work ethic as my mother. I dedicated myself to teaching children how to read, write, and do arithmetic.
Teaching is not just "a job." It is a profession. It takes many hours dedicated to learning, researching, training, and implementation of best practices. When I walk through my classroom door every morning, I walk through it the same way my mother would have; with the same passion for each and every student. I show up to may a difference in the lives of each and every one of my students. I show up to be a champion for each and every one of my students.
This is why I chose to become a teacher.