I knew I wanted to be a teacher when…

The other day I came across this image on the web, edutopia I think but don’t quote me on it.   It got me thinking about how I ended up here.

I didn’t grow up planning on being a TEFL teacher, there again, did anybody?!

I came to France to study and wanted to stay, my only skills were speaking English and the ability to talk the hind leg off a donkey, two even.

So I went back to London  to do a CTEFLA, (great-grandfather to the CELTA). I started teaching business English, which I enjoyed, but my real epiphany came when I started teaching teens, about ten years ago.

There wasn’t a particular moment that springs to mind, when I knew I’d found the best job in the universe, and my first couple of years involved some pretty steep learning curves.

Asking my colleagues produces similar replies, it doesn’t seem that many people can place the moment they wanted to be a teacher, can you? Please share your story below, I’d love to know 🙂


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3 Responses to I knew I wanted to be a teacher when…

  1. annazernova says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for your post and the idea.
    I’ve been teaching English for more than 12 years. And I remember I was not very much different with what I was dreaming about. My mother is a teacher, my granny wanted to be a teacher and I had no choice 🙂 Though, I always wanted to be a teacher of the foreign languages, because I faced three during my school time: French, English and Spanish. I love them all, really! And now I enjoy teaching English and some Spanish, too.

    Have a nice day! 🙂

  2. Joanna Malefaki says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I enjoyed reading this post. It actually got me thinking as well. When did I decide I wanted to be a teacher? I have no idea.
    I remember playing teacher and librarian with my sister. So, I always had a love for books and teaching my sister stuff. I studied English Philology and learnt some things about teaching. I have never done anything else in my life. I have always been a teacher… Nice question. Great post.

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