What?…A Teacher?!

Scholarship Entrant: Elijah from Elgin, IL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Elijah: 5

I first realized I wanted to be a teacher when I was a sophomore in high school. My music teacher inspired me to become a talented musician who truly loved music. I started taking on leadership roles which entailed helping other students with their music. I loved it. My goal from that point on was to help more and more kids become inspired like I was.
I believe music has an extremely important role in the life of a developing person. It teaches you to work hard, become creative through expressing yourself, and to gain an appreciation for something you did. These are all huge aspects of a proper development and I knew there was a way I could be apart of this for kids. When I first told my family about wanting to become a music teacher, their responses were, “What?…Teaching?!”. I quickly discovered they did not think teaching was an admirable career. It was hard for them to finally understand how much I loved teaching and how it was actually important. I don’t want any kid to feel like teaching is something less of excellent. This pushed me forward in my desire to teach and help kids in music and in life.
I’ve starting making this goal happen. I’m attending college, I began teaching Saxophone lessons to kids, and I’m currently studying to be a music educator and I plan on using everything I know and will learn to aid these kids in a proper music education experience.

Vote for Elijah: 5

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