Octavio Wants To Be A Teacher

A: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" B: "A teacher, just like you!"

Octavio Pérez wants to be a teacher. He is only one of seven students who scored a maximum score, perfection, on the PSU university entrance examination, who wants to be a teacher. Understanding what motivates Octavio to make such a decision will be key if the Ministry of Education is going to be successful in both the near-term and long-term future, in their strategy of attracting higher quality people into the teaching profession.

What motivated Octavio? In his own words: “My Math teacher, Orlando Ceballos, is my inspiration. My idea is to return to my school, and give future generations the same (high) quality of instruction that I received.”

Firstly, congratulations to Orlando, on a job well-done. Through your example of perseverance, dedication, motivation, and personal committment to excellence in teaching, you have been able to positively affect the future students, many of whom are unborn at this moment, who will be taught by Octavio.

Those of you who have read my writing before are already fully aware of what I’m thinking. And yes, let me put it in question form: What if we studied what makes Orlando an inspirational teacher? Because if we could find a way to share with all teachers the secrets of Orlando’s success, then all students would have a great teacher, just like Octavio…

Thomas Baker
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
Santiago, Chile

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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