For some, teaching is a matter of destiny. From their interests and lifestyle, it’s hard to believe they could be anything but teachers. Are you one of these people? Read on to see if you exhibit some of the traits of being a born teacher.

  1. Your mom, sister, grandpa, and aunt are teachers.
  2. You used to “play school” as a child.
  3. You’re constantly on the phone helping friends and family understand various problems.
  4. You’ve been homeschooling your kids for years-even though they’re already in school.
  5. You’re the one in charge at the book club.
  6. You’re happy to work long, hard hours.
  7. You know that you’re smart and love to share your knowledge.
  8. You’re always pointing out interesting things to people around you.
  9. You are fearless in the face of 25 screaming children.
  10. You make lesson plans for family trips.
  11. You make your own yearbooks.
  12. You make your cats put on plays.
  13. Your photo frames are all handmade.
  14. You critique blog posts like essays, with spelling and grammar corrections.
  15. You’re able to be a nurse, career advisor, friend, mentor, coach and innovator, all at the same time.

The essence of teaching is an intellectually rigorous, reflective, and humane act devoted to the achievement of all children. The following quotes can help to inspire all of us as teachers.
  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”                                                                                                                    ~~ Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) 
  • “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”                                                                                                                                              ~~ W. B. Yeats (1865 – 1939)
  • “Your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that’s because you’re a teacher.”                                                                                                 ~~ Aaron Bacall
  • “The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”                                                                                                     ~~ Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899 – 1977)
  • “A teacher affects eternity; she/he can never tell where her/his influence stops.”                                                                                                                                         ~~ Henry B. Adams (1838 – 1918)