Sample Answer: I have always wanted to be a teacher, even as a child. The gift of teaching allows me to be in a true helping profession. After all, the things that I teach the children in my class are the fundamentals that they will need to thrive as adults. There is no higher calling or more noble occupation in my eyes. All of my heroes have been teachers. And besides, I love kids. That’s important. You must love kids if you want to teach; there’s no two ways around that!
Tip: When asked this question, be honest. Chances are good that you really did decide to become a teacher in order to help others and make the world a better place. There’s no canned answer that can be used here, but in general, most teachers choose their career path because they love children and want to be in a helping profession. They definitely aren’t ‘in it’ for the money!