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Learning Through Teaching
By Amber Castleberry

What is teaching like today? Who should do it? And who shouldn't? This Education World series features essays on teaching by teachers as they answer the question, "If you had it to do all over again, would you still become a teacher?"

Amber Castleberry

Amber Castleberry is a student at Coastal Georgia Community College, and a substitute teacher for grades K-9 in Georgia's Camden County School District. She also teaches pre-K Sunday school on the Kings Bay Naval Base in Kings Bay, Georgia.

I am currently a college student majoring in early childhood education at my local community college. In hopes of getting a first glance into my future career, I have become a substitute teacher for my county's school system. From day one, I knew that teaching was what I was made for.

The moment I walk into a classroom, I get excited. How awesome it is to know that you are about to touch the lives of many children. As a substitute, you sometimes have to bend over backwards decoding lesson plans, discovering classroom procedures on your own, and dealing with troublesome students.

That, however, is only the fundamental part for me. I am learning how to work with students and help them learn through various techniques. I'm learning how to develop my own lesson plans -- and even the best functional layout for a classroom!

I love teaching because it has become my life. I haven't began my career yet, but even substituting has been such a remarkable and rewarding job. I truly love going to work each day!

I love teaching... because it loves me back.

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