I had another chance to speak to “Future Educators” this morning. These are middle- and high-school students who have expressed interest in teaching as a career. That wasn’t me at that age.
I worked through a few career options ranging from graphic design to geology before finally settling on a major in Forest Resource Management. Teaching wasn’t even on the radar screen for me.
So how did I end up here? I think it was a combination of things ranging from the energy I get from being with kids, to the desire to more fully utilize all of my varied skills, to a work schedule that is more concentrated to allow for travel and adventures with my young family. I basically needed to do something every day that made a difference in people’s lives. I think I found my calling.