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I think I was a student in Ms. Dorothy Stremmel’s fifth grade class at Roth Elementary School when I first wanted to become a teacher. Why? Because Ms. Stremmel taught her fifth graders more than just the requisite curriculum, she taught us life lessons, like: balancing a checkbook (for an on-going arithmetic assignment); growing a plant from wrapping a bean in a moistened paper towel and placing it under direct sunlight (Horticulture); and even providing an advanced understanding of US government during the presidential election of 1988, with her “Election of the President of the United States by a Fifth Grade Class” exercise. It was lessons like these and teachers like Ms. Stremmel, who truly went above and beyond the call of duty, who inspired me and sincerely influenced my decision to teach.
Since my days in Ms. Stremmel’s classroom, I have had many great teachers, and I could cite several more examples similar to this one; however, I would like to express my reasons for tutoring you, today. I have found that outside the classroom, each of my tutored students has a greater ability to focus on the task at hand. Our one-on-one sessions are integral to the lessons of your teacher. Sometimes my students have an overall inability to grasp the subject matter (ie. Math, English, etc.) in the classroom; however, I have learned that "homework" is much easier when it is "learned" rather than simply "done." It is my true ability to teach the subject to the student at home, where his or her teacher could not in class. I take each student's commitment very seriously, and I expect my students to learn the material rather than to just do their homework for them.
Several years after I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies, I ran into Dorothy Stremmel in the grocery store. After a brief chat, she said to me, “You know, Michael, it’s funny that I don’t remember all the names of my former students, but it’s the outstanding ones, like yourself, that will be remembered always.” We shared a hug and went our separate ways to continue our grocery shopping. I will always cherish that memory of Ms. Stremmel, and that is why I am pursuing a career in education.
It is my hope to give my students, both in the classroom and at home, the experiences I had with exceptional teachers; utilizing an inclusive approach that not only fosters a wealth of knowledge and learning, but also incorporates life lessons, too.
In looking forward to tutoring you, I can only see the many bright days ahead, filled with honest, dedicated hard work. And hopefully, of the many of you that I will have the privilege of tutoring at home, I will be able to share in the benefits and rewards of “running” into you all somewhere down the road of life in your futures. For this certainty, I will be truly grateful to have taught you.
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