Madeline Isaacson and I are both pre-service teachers in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Madeline is working on her endorsement in primary education, while I am working on my endorsement in secondary mathematics. As pre-service teachers we are often asked how we decided to be teachers, why we chose education as our profession. Edutopia invited us to answer these questions here.
We both felt called to teaching when we were younger. Madeline would often teach her stuffed animals, it was a way that her mother could check in on what she was learning in school because she would reteach her school lessons. Grant did not teach his stuffed animals. He did, however, tutor his younger brother in mathematics. Grant did not feel called to the profession until middle school, where he encountered fantastic teaching and fell in love with the profession.
Madeline had a one-track mind on choosing education as a profession, and completed her psychology practicum on an education related topic. Grant’s senior project changed his career path away from education and he spent 15 years pursuing his radio career. Our paths came together when we both found ourselves in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at The University of Puget Sound.
We are both dedicated to equity in education, and are passionate about helping Title I students to realize their potential; that all students deserve to feel cared for and to have educators that hold them to high expectations, that provide rigorous classwork that pushes student thinking. Diversity is a quality we both hold in high regard, honoring students diverse identities, even when the student body is not outwardly diverse, is important to both of us.
Equally, we both hold personal growth in high regard. Teaching is a reflective practice, as teachers we will always be growing, there is never an end-point to being a better teacher, and we both see this lifelong journey as enticing and invigorating. We’re both excited to get into our own classroom and put into practice all the theory and best practices that we’ve learned in the MAT program at The University of Puget Sound. Excited, and maybe just a little nervous, too.
We’re curious, why did YOU choose education as your profession?
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