Although I’ve never taught in an actual classroom, I can see the type of teacher I want to be as clear as the day is new. Think about your experiences in school. Think of all the teachers you remember, even to this day, because they said something profound, did something great, or because they were there for you day in and day out, especially when you needed them the most. Well, in the same way that I want to be an amazing father and an amazing boyfriend, I want to become an amazing teacher.
I can close my eyes and picture a student and his parents jumping for joy, or having a sense of relief come over them when they find out that I am the one they will be working together with for an entire year! And I emphasize the word together because I truly believe that I am more powerful standing with others than I am standing all by myself (cue Eric Carmen up and grab a tissue). But, for every “pat” that I give myself on the back when I make it through another semester of school, I give my family and those close to me two or three because I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for them pushing me (and actually for Katelynn that’s a literal term because she physically pushes me to go do my homework)!
The thought of a bunch of little kids yelling, “Mr. Parks, Mr. Parks come see this,” or a high school student that knocks on my door saying, “Mr. Parks can I talk to you about something” brings a smile to my face that I can’t explain. Picture when you're texting someone and you’re just cheesing so hard from ear to ear (in our house we call that cheese texting), but that’s the feeling I get. Look, all I’ve ever wanted is for people to be happy. This time next year I will be wrapping up my student teaching, and even though it’s going to be tough to say goodbye to a group of kids that I will never forget…I’m just gettin’ started! I’m confident that having a strong, positive impact on children who will eventually become successful business owners, coaches, husbands and wives, and even parents is what I’m meant to do. I look forward to the day a student comes back to me years later and says, “Thank you for everything you did for me Mr. Parks”.
The key: Build your vision off of what you can do for others, not just yourself.