When I finished junior high school I enrolled in a training program to teach elementary students in some of the most remote regions of Mexico. I was excited about the prospect of teaching reading, writing, and mathematics to underprivileged students in areas of my country that needed education more than anything else to bring them into the modern era. I had seen the difference a few good teachers had made in my life. It was one of my earliest ideas to help the youth in my country rise above the limitations of their past and see the possibilities available to them with hard work in school.
My father did not think it was such a good idea to allow his 16-year old daughter to travel without family or familiar chaperones to strange and…show more content… Even though I would have preferred to dabble in other courses and learn more of the liberal arts, I felt an obligation to find, and finish a program that would yield the greatest monetary rewards for my effort. I put my nose to the grindstone and worked to become the best accountant I could be. However, as much as I wanted to become an accountant, I knew I would prefer “teaching” accounting more than actually being an accountant.
Over time the subjects I want to teach have changed, but my enthusiasm is still the same. I keep thinking that there is no better place to change the world than in a classroom. In the beginning I wanted to become an elementary school teacher, and later I wanted to become an accounting teacher. Now I want to become a Spanish teacher at the postsecondary level.
So why do I want to become a Spanish teacher? I love the idea of teaching something once and knowing my students will be able to apply or share their information many times. For instance, if I teach my students how to casually greet native Spanish speakers instead of using formal addresses that are found in textbooks; the next time they go to a Mexican restaurant, they can speak to their server in a friendlier manner. Even if this seems insignificant, the Mexican waiter will appreciate the effort and the American will be better off than if they only established a monolingual conversation. Connecting American culture with