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Why do you want to be an educator?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview

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There are many reasons why you may have chosen the teaching field. You may naturally have the knack for teaching. You might have been inspired by a teacher you had in high school. Share your passion for teaching. Why is education important to you? Think about the aspects of teaching that bring you the most joy.

Why do you want to be an educator?
Answer example

"I have always loved working with children. I enjoy their energy and their excitement about learning. It is such an honor to be in a position to influence them and share knowledge that will help shape them as they grow up."

Entry Level

"I always knew I wanted to become a teacher and follow in the footsteps of both my parents. I am great coach and love to learn so this line of work comes very naturally to me."


"I love to inspire, and guide others. Being a teacher, I can do this on a daily basis. I would love to expand my teaching experience by furthering my education to include a Masters' degree in Education."

View user-submitted Answers

Why do you want to be an educator?
To help student s reach their potential.
I enjoy being a parent and teaching is part of that on a more professional level.
I want to make a different in someone's life by teaching and sharing tools and strategies to succeed in life.
I want to make the same impact my educators had on me.
Through education we can share our knowledge.
I like talking and studying about social studies and I want to share that with students.

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