For the first time in my career I feel like I am not a novice teacher. It’s a bizarre experience realize for the first time that you’re neither the youngest, nor the least experienced teacher in your school.


As I reevaluate what I wish to achieve moving forward with this profession, I feel it is important to take some time to reflect and remember why I got into teaching in the first place. I’ve found that one’s answer to this post’s titular question can be as diverse as my students.

I welcome readers to join us at in contemplating this question over the next few months in a series called “Why would anyone want to become a teacher?”. We will explore through real interviews the diverse perspectives of future teachers, newly qualified teachers, veteran teachers, and even substitute teachers, and ask them the all-important question: Why did you become a teacher?

– Zach Groshell, @mrzachg

Interview 1: Student teacher

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Lilly Hasenkopf, 21
University of Alabama
Elementary Education

Interview 2: Newly Qualified Teacher

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Lorraine Sabbagh
Years teaching: 1.3
Teaching Certification Program: PGCEi

Interview 3: Substitute Teacher

Jim Allen
Substitute Teacher

More interviews coming soon!

Be sure to keep checking in to see what cool interviews we can put together over the next few months, and join our Facebook group, Over-Posting Educators!

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11 thoughts on “Why would anyone want to become a teacher?

  1. For me, teaching is my passion. Still after almost 50 years later of teaching German and retired for two years, I can still say it is my passion. I had the privilege of being a Fulbright teacher in Germany for two years as well. My book has an entire section devoted to teaching and living in Germany with our two children. Teachers make a difference in the lives of others. Why not be a teacher!


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