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In front of the desk, to behind the desk

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Justin Schriever, Staff Writer

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In front of the desk, to behind the desk

Education has always been the backbone of our nation. Without school and many teachers, a large majority of the population would not be able to do what they love to do.

Growing up with a mom as an elementary teacher, I have always seen the sides of the teacher that children without a teacher in their family do not get to see. I have also been inspired to become a teacher myself, but a high school English or Latin teacher, unlike my mom. I grew up with students complaining about how school was just a place for them to go. They think it is a waste of time. But for all of those kids who do not care about their education, there are a few who do want to make the most of their education, students that want to go from in front of the desk, to behind the desk. These are the students who want to become teachers, want to inspire future generations, want to make students value their education to make learning last not just for the four year relationship with the school, but for a lifetime.

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Serena Scott, a senior, is one of those students who have a dream of becoming a teacher.

“I want to teach [elementary] art because I love the freedom of expression and creativity that is allowed in an art room that may not be allowed in other core classes,” said Scott.

Scott heavily stresses that when a teacher is able to have a passion for what they are teaching, along with forming bonds with their students, it makes a great impact on the students for the long run.

“I want to help kids learn to love what I already have a passion for,” said Scott. “Winterscheidt inspired me to be an art teacher, because when I thought I was losing my passion for art, I joined one of her classes for just the credit. I soon found myself absorbing her love for art, and realized that I wanted to do the same for other kids like me.”

Teachers forming bonds with their students is an important quality of a good teacher to senior, Aryn Tolk.

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“I think the most important quality of a teacher is being able to have a relationship with the students,” said Tolk. “Teachers should be able to get to know the students. Students typically do better in classes that they can talk to the teacher anytime than a teacher that just knows your name and gets up and teaches bell to bell.”

Tolk plans on majoring in elementary education to teach at the primary level.

“Right now, I want to be an elementary teacher, specifically 4th or 5th grade,” said Tolk. “I work well with younger kids, and they are at an age where most are still excited for school and excited to learn.”

Education at an early age is valuable and prepares you to succeed in secondary education and beyond, whether that be upper education or entering the workforce. However, while teachers are there to give you a hand, it is up to the student to take that hand.

To all of the students out there, stop blaming your teachers. They are looking to do the best for you. Teachers are helping you succeed within life. They protect you during the school day; they want you to achieve your aspirations in life. Give them a chance. They were in front of the desk too.

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Justin Schriever, Staff Writer

Justin Schriever is a senior and first-year Statesman writer. While he is known for asking the tough questions, he is also notorious for breaking traffic...

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