Some of the most tumultuous years for kids are spent in the school system and in the area I'm from many of these kids come from a variety of different homes, some with support and some without. I spent some of my hardest years in the public school system. When I was in tenth grade my house burned down and if it wasn't for my teachers I don't think I would have made it through the year.
Being a teacher means that you provide students with a home away from home. However, in this home while they will find a supporting and loving environment, they will also find discipline and high expectations. Being a teacher means that you are always there to listen. Even if you are just listening to what they had for breakfast. Students, even young students, need to feel important to and they need to know that they are influencing the world as much as I am.
In the wise words of Nelson Mandela
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”