It was not until Grade 6 when I had a teacher personally tutor me in preparation for a national examination, known as PCE (Primary Certificate of Education). This exam ultimately determined if students can continue into secondary education. The highest marks possible are 5 As which I never dreamt of achieving. My teacher’s unwavering faith in me and limitless support truly made me realize my full potential and I gained a tremendous appreciation for teachers ever since.
When I immigrated to Canada with my family 8 years ago, I was placed in the second semester of Grade 8 immediately. I had never been so lost and nervous in my life on my first day: I remember I wrote a social studies exam on Canadian provinces (I didn’t even know what provinces were at that time…) and simply struggled to express myself. Again, it was with the personal help and attention of a teacher that I was able to overcome my fears and apply myself in the classroom again.
I want to become a teacher because they are truly figures of inspiration. They demonstrate patience, acceptance, and discipline when children need it the most to become the best individuals that they can be. They not only educate in their classrooms- Teachers ultimately shape the characters and attitudes that students grow with as they progress in life.