Why Do You Want to Become an Elementary Teacher?


Three people in an interviewEvery role has a purpose. Managers manage, artists create, laborers do the hard work,. and entrepreneurs give jobs to them. Teachers, however, have a special position in our society. They lead and form the children in their early age, becoming their second role models, right after their parents.

This attitude of leading, teaching, and forming–in a positive way,  should resonate in your interview answer. You can focus on other things besides, for example your love to children, or your ability to teach well.

However, you shouldn’t connect your answer to the past, saying that you would like to teach because you graduated from the field. That would indicate a must, rather than a desire. You should try and speak with enthusiasm about your teacher mission,showing them that you know why you applied for the job.

Sample answers

Children need role models, and leaders. This is important, especially in young age, when they try to understand the world around them. Many children come from broken families, struggling to find their place in life. I would like to help them to find that place, and can’t really find a better job to follow this calling.

I love to be around children. What is more, I teach well, and I really enjoy doing it. It’s my childhood dream to teach, and now I try to turn it to reality.


happy studentsYour non-verbal communication matters

Interviewers do not have to believe that the job candidates tell the truth in their answers. If you smile, however, if you speak with enthusiasm, and if you show positive emotions, they will have no reason to doubt your attitude to teaching, and your love to the job of a teacher.


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