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Why I help children

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

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When I get asked this question, my immediate thought is: why wouldn’t I like to work with kids?

While there are many reasons to work with children, a primary reason includes helping to shape the children's formative years by being a positive role model for them. Through their work with children, a person can provide a strong foundation, and be a major influence in properly preparing those children for their adult lives.

When I work with students, I help those individual students develop important character traits like honesty and discipline, as well as social traits that will help them have fuller lives and become productive citizens in society.  As I  work with the students I enjoy helping the students develop learning skills that they will use to their benefit for the rest of their lives.

I love it! There are thousands of reasons why I think helping children and their families is the best job in the world, but I will focus on my top four.

Group of students celebrate a teacher's birthday
Students celebrate Dr. Revere's birthday

1. Working with high school students is fun!

I love that no single day at a high school work is the same! Students come to see me for scholarship help counselling for many different reasons. Even though sometimes the underlying difficulties are similar, the scholarship approach for each student is always different. This is because I don’t only focus on the difficulties the student is having, I focus on the student strengths, and I also take into consideration their grade level, the problem, the personality of the student, what is the career interest, and so on.

Teacher stands with two male students in library

2. I learn from the students I’m working with every day!

I admire high school students:

  • Endless energy

  • Honesty

  • Creativity

  • Flexibility

  • Resilience

  • Motivated

  • Driven

Black students pose with black teacher

3. High School Students motivated me to be a better person.

High School Students make me a more knowledgeable person: With the technology today, I rely more on them to teach me because that’s something that changes with the time and I have a tendency of falling behind. So this is where I rely on the help of the students sometime.

My high school students make me a well-informed person: As high school students often expect for me to know exactly what they are talking about, I also have to keep up-to-date on current affairs, as well as on the latest video games, cartoons, and coolest apps for iPads and phones.

High School students make me a healthier person: I am a firm believer of leading by example.

Teacher poses with a graduating student in a college lobby

4. Helping high school students (and their families) is the most rewarding job I can think of!

When driving home after a long day at work, I like to think of the students I saw during the day. I think about the progress they have made, how I can help them further, and I hope that when they leave my classroom, they feel better, stronger, empowered, and happier.

Knowing that my job is to help high school students achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves, brings a huge smile to my face and helps me sleep better at night!

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